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Special Bulletin | 07 June 2022
2022 call for RISE proposals to address gender-based violence and environment linkages is now open!
Starting today – the GBV-ENV Center invites you to submit your proposals to the 2022 Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments (RISE) grant challenge to address gender-based violence and environment linkages.
Over the last week, the globe came together to celebrate Stockholm+50, marking the 50-year anniversary of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and the establishment of World Environment Day (5 June) that launched a new era of global cooperation on environmental issues – intertwining economic growth, the health of the environment, and personal well-being for the first time. At Stockholm+50, the world gathered to agree that we must achieve a healthy planet for everyone, everywhere – and we have the opportunity to turn climate, environmental, and human rights commitments into action!

Hosted by IUCN under USAID’s partnership Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), the RISE grants challenge identifies and funds evidence-based strategies to address GBV in environment and climate-related programming. RISE aims to support environment and conservation organizations, working with organizations and experts addressing gender-based violence, to support locally-led or community-based approaches.

This round of RISE grants focuses on proposals addressing climate change, COVID-19 adaptation, and the safety of women environmental human rights defenders.
Anticipated grant funding availability per project:
USD 100,000 - 400,000
Implementation period:
18-24 months
Targeted geographies:
- Central America and the Caribbean
- Eastern and Southern Africa
- South and Southeast Asia
Deadline: Monday – 18 July 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
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Library resources to support your RISE application
The GBV-ENV Center curates a library of resources from around the world to support informed actions to address gender-based violence in environment linkages.

Explore suggested readings and visit the library for more.
Key resources

  • Gender-based violence and environment linkages: the violence of inequality [EN | ES | FR] is an in-depth study across environment sectors, issues and themes documenting GBV and environment linkages. Gender-based violence and environment linkages: summary for policy makers synthetizes IUCN's research, focusing on key findings on how GBV and environment issues are interlinked across sectors to inform policy makers.

  • Gender-Based Violence and Environment Webinar and Conversation Series (2020 - Present) [EN | ES | FR] sheds light on issues, strategies and learning from around the globe to address GBV and environment linkages, from awareness raising dialogues, to presentations from experts, to moderated interviews with environmental projects working on linkages.
Thematic briefs

Learn. Act. Create change.
The GBV and Environment Linkages Center is hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) under its Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) partnership with USAID. It works to close the knowledge gap on GBV-environment issues while mobilizing learning and forging collaborative action towards ending GBV and securing environmental sustainability.
Cross-sector partnerships.
Pioneering learning.
USAID’s Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Environments (RISE) Challenge identifies and funds the innovative application of promising or proven interventions that prevent and respond to gender-based violence across programs that address the access, use, control, and management of natural resources.
Filling information gaps.
Making the case.
Tailored technical support.
Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a collaboration between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the effectiveness of environment programming through the robust integration of gender considerations, while improving gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes.
The information provided in this email is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.