Opportunity Training

Introductory Course on Gender and the Environment

UN Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • One ocean Hub
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An online course on gender and environment provided by UNEP with content provided by the One Ocean Hub.

This online course (6 modules, 2 hours) provides a general introduction to gender and the environment including in relation to issues such as access to land, natural resources, biodiversity, food, energy and sanitation, and the exacerbation of gender inequalities caused by climate change and biodiversity loss. The course focuses particularly on the way gender has been addressed under multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), including in relation to access to resources; participation in relevant decisions; mainstreaming; and access to support. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe how gender equality and environmental protection has been addressed under international environmental and human rights law.
  2. Identify to what extent gender has been addressed under MEAs and international instruments on Terrestrial Biodiversity, Freshwater, Atmosphere, Chemicals and Wastes and the Marine Environment.

This online course is composed of 6 lessons which are organized in interactive modules and combine the course theory with exercises and interactions to facilitate the learning process. The core content of the lessons is complemented with numerous references to primary sources and additional resources on external websites. It will take you approximately 2 hours to complete the full course, excluding additional materials. You will need to create an account here. This is a self-paced course that allows you to manage your time as you wish. You can navigate the lessons at your convenience and retake them whenever you wish.

Take the quiz at the end of the course to assess your learning progress. You are required to answer at least 80% of the assessment questions correctly in order to obtain a course certificate.

The course content was developed by One Ocean Hub Director, Elisa Morgera, and early-career researcher Mitchell Lennan (at the time at Strathclyde University; now lecturer at Aberdeen  University, UK). It builds on Hub research on gender equality and ocean governance, which has been shared with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, the UN Special Rapporteur on Climate Change and Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights, and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.