Quarterly bulletin
March | Issue Q1 2021
Marking International Women’s Day with a new bulletin
Greetings and welcome to the first bulletin from the Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages Center (GBV-ENV Center). On behalf of IUCN, USAID, and our partners, we send warm greetings for a healthy, peaceful, and joyful year ahead – including as we mark and elevate attention to this year’s International Women’s Day theme on women in leadership - achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world. Check out our latest news and spotlight stories featuring leaders tackling GBV-ENV linkages around the world.
A context-specific tool shared to create broader awareness, adaptation, and application in environmental programming
Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a partnership between IUCN and USAID’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub to improve gender integration throughout environmental programming. Under this partnership, IUCN originally developed this tool to support a set of fisheries project partners in Southeast Asia to integrate GBV safeguards in existing programming. The tool was modified to create broader awareness and can be used to inform and inspire environment programs taking steps forward to address linkages and is available for application.
Each quarter, we hear from a colleague working to address GBV in environment-related sectors and spheres.
Meet Trang Nguyen, the Founder and Executive Director of WildAct Vietnam. Trang is leading a RISE grant-winning project and shares insights on why she is passionate about ending harassment in conservation workplaces.
To date, the GBV-ENV Center has compiled over 270 cataloged resources that address GBV-ENV linkages.
Last quarter, we added 40 new resources to our Center library, including journal articles, guidelines, project tools, and more that shed light on cross-sector issues and promising practices. A few highlights include:

Join us for capacity-building sessions, shared learning, and more!
From land titling to land tenure and property rights, we are highlighting learning from two Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Environments (RISE) Challenge projects addressing GBV and land rights issues. See videos with overviews of project approaches and read web stories on current work and recent learning:
A Place to Call Her Own
In South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Women for Women International (WfWI) and the Innovation and Training for Development and Peace (IfdP) are working together to gather the perspectives of 138 women, as well as male and female focus groups, to change land rights’ norms, including challenging gender-based violence.
Security for Me and My Own
In eastern Uganda, where land is governed by a customary land tenure system, women experience violence when claiming land rights. Trocaire is working with the Land Equity Movement of Uganda (LEMU), and Soroti Catholic Diocese Integrated Development Organization (SOCADIDO) to respond to these challenges.
First launched in 2019, 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 for gender integration. Tailored technical support.

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 in a broad range of environmental sectors.
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