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Celebrating International Women's Day 2023

International Women's Day 2023

DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality is the theme for this year’s International Women's Day. Celebrated annually on March 8, 2023, International Women's Day (IWD 2023) is focusing on the digital gender gap and the importance of protecting women's and girls' rights in digital spaces, as well as addressing online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence. In the past, women's exclusion from the digital world has caused a $1 trillion loss to low- and middle-income countries. Reversing this trend will require addressing online violence, which 38% of women have experienced.

As we commemorate International Women's Day, we should ensure gender equality in the implementation of policies that address women's issues through a gender-responsive approach in which all women and girls have equal opportunity and capacity to contribute to innovation, technology, and digital space. However, the digital revolution can also perpetuate existing patterns of gender inequality, with women falling behind due to growing inequalities in digital skills and access to technologies. Therefore, inclusive and transformative technology, as well as digital education, are essential for a sustainable future for women in their various areas of expertise.

ABCG continues to collaborate with local and indigenous women to bridge the gap and amplify their voices on biodiversity conservation and related issues throughout Africa to ensure just and equitable implementation of actions that include women's full and effective participation and role in biodiversity conservation.

In this newsletter we share some upcoming IWD events, opportunities, documentaries that highlight women in conservation and outstanding women in conservation. 

                          Upcoming Events and Opportunities                                 

Celebrating Women In Conservation

Register for the webinar here and join the high level discussion featuring speakers from WWF, CARE, World Vision.

 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has launched a call for its Gender Responsive Agriculture Systems Policy (GRASP) Fellowship) Fellowship to women who are citizens of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Senegal. The highly competitive Gender Responsive Agriculture Systems Policy (GRASP) Fellowship is an immersive three-year career development program targeting mid-career African women in the policy field to catalyze the design and implementation of gender-responsive agricultural policies across Africa.

Learn about GRASP in their brochure and Apply here.


Watch below some videos of empowered women who are making significant impact on our planet, and why empowering women is critical for a better future.

Judith: Porter, Protector, Pioneer

This documentary features Judith, the first female ever to become a porter in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park; Judith broke boundaries to emerge as both a passionate protector of the endangered mountain gorilla and a revered role model in her community. Watch her story here


Women have the power to become conservation leaders by taking decisions and leading, tapping into gaps and opportunities in biodiversity conservation. UNBELIZEABLUE is highlighting the efforts of diverse women conservation leaders in Belize to protect the second-largest coral reef system in the world and associated livelihoods. Watch here the full documentary.

Empowering Women: Why Women Are Crucial to Solving Climate Change

We all have different perspectives on the world, and in order to solve climate change, we must consider everyone's viewpoint. Empowering women is critical to creating a better future for both society and the environment. Empowering women as decision-makers and international leaders could aid in the fight against climate change and improve people's lives worldwide. To learn more about women's empowerment, watch the full documentary here.

The History of International Women's Day

The first “Woman’s Day” celebration took place in Chicago on May 3, 1908. Organized by the U.S. Socialist Party, it brought together an audience of 1,500 women who demanded economic and political equality, on a day officially dedicated to “the female workers’ causes.” The following year, women gathered in New York for a similar celebration. Inspired by these American initiatives, European socialists soon followed suit. Find out more in this video about International Women's Day, watch here

                                          Women in Conservation                                         

Women environmentalists you should know about

Women are leading the way in promoting the global environmental revolution. Fearless women have been advocating for environmental conservation, from protecting our land's resources, such as the forest, to protecting the world's oceans. On this International Women's Day, we honor and salute some of history's most inspiring women who have worked tirelessly for environmental justice. Learn more about these women and some of the amazing things they've done for the environment here.

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