Strengthening Knowledge on the Linkage Between Gender-Based Violence and Environmental Issues
Call for Case Studies
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Gender Office, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is inviting case studies on the linkages between gender-based violence (GBV) and environmental issues.

This call for case studies is part of a new research project that aims to increase understanding on the intersection between GBV, including prevention and response measures, and environmental issues. GBV and environmental issues have been traditionally approached and addressed separately, but recognizing their linkages and considering proactive, cohesive responses may improve outcomes for both GBV interventions and environmental efforts.

We seek to collect initiatives, stories and cases from international organizations, civil society organizations (national and international), indigenous peoples’ organizations, academia, and other relevant actors who have experience directly or indirectly on the intersections between these issues.

Cases submitted will be reviewed and collated, and we may follow up to gather further information from those cases especially pertinent to our research. These cases will inform a white paper and three technical briefs.

Some examples on the intersections between GBV and environment that may help inform case study submission ideas include:

• Changes in natural resource governance systems and/or land tenure (GBV experienced due to limitations or changes in access, use and control over natural resources which increases due to climate change, extractive industries and conflicts).
• Protected areas establishment and management (e.g. women’s access to resources)
• Access to natural resources, including water and firewood
• Climate change mitigation (e.g. REDD+)
• Climate change adaptation measures
• Environmental migrants and refugees
• Payments for ecosystem services
• GBV related to access to, use of and control over biodiversity (for example, access to natural resources in protected areas and conservation related policies)
• Women and men engaged in natural resource conservation activities (e.g. from women rangers or women in forest service firefighting to women directors of natural protected areas, which face threats, harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace)
• Labor discrimination by sex (e.g. when accessing economic opportunities and paid work in the environmental sector)
• GBV related to environmental crimes (e.g. as related to illegal logging, fishing, wildlife trade and mining)
• Crimes against environmental human rights defenders (EHRD) (e.g. women EHRD being particularly targeted or how they experience threats and forms of violence differently)
• GBV related to micro finance or initiatives or small-, micro-, and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) related to the resource management (e.g. eco-tourism, fisheries and agriculture)


Any case studies you are able to share, using the below template, will be essential to building the evidence base and may be included in the further review and analysis of the state of knowledge on these linkages. IUCN aims to provide a set of recommendations for actors across sectors to continue to strengthen this evidence base and improve action through project design, programming and monitoring and evaluation on this topic.

Gender-Based Violence
GVB is “any harmful threat or act directed at an individual or group based on actual or perceived biological sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, and/or lack of adherence to varying socially constructed norms around masculinity and femininity. It is rooted in structural gender inequalities, patriarchy, and power imbalances. GBV is typically characterized by the use or threat of physical, psychological, sexual, economic, legal, political, social and other forms of control and/or abuse. GBV impacts individuals across the life course and has direct and indirect costs to families, communities, economies, global public health, and development”. (United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally (USAID), 2016).
Cases can be submitted in English, French or Spanish
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