The Environment and Gender Index (EGI)

On November 19, 2013 IUCN's Global Gender Office released rankings for 72 countries as part of the Environment and Gender Index (EGI), the world's first tool to monitor progress toward gender equality in the context of global environmental governance.

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The Index shows:

  • Poland ranks highest worldwide in the category of ecosystem, but lowest in the livelihood category in the region.
  • Liberia scores in the top tier of countries where women have equal access to credit, land and property, as does Algeria.
  • Sweden ranks highest for women in policy-making positions.
  • Jamaica ranks highest worldwide on women legislators, managers and senior officials.
  • Mongolia is the top performer in the Asian region and ranks extraordinarily high globally, but is low on women in policy-making positions and protection of property rights.

The EGI provides the best quantitative data to date on how nations are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning. The index shows that nations which take seriously their commitment to tackling women’s advancement in their environmental efforts are making huge strides beyond survival to long term well-being for all their citizens.

The Index has already been nominated for the prestigious Katerva Award, described by the Reuters Foundation as “the Nobel of sustainability.” The Award engages global thought leaders from business, government, NGOs, and academia to track down the world's best sustainability initiatives.