Do we need a gender-specific approach in natural resources management and sustainable development? In 2016, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) identified gender inequality as one of the
Do we need a gender-specific approach in natural resources management and sustainable development? In 2016, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) identified gender inequality as one of the main challenges to advance the environmental dimensions of sustainable development. As a result of gender inequalities, environmental challenges have different impacts on men, women, girls and boys. As a larger majority of impoverished persons are women, their economic insecurity is part of a cycle of disadvantages, often caused by discrimination in land employment and ownership along with limited resource access. Globalisation and rapid urbanisation catalyse climate change and environmental disasters which exacerbate these inequalities and make the inequality gap even wider. Empowering women and promoting gender equality is pivotal in accelerating sustainable development, bridging inequality gaps and preventing climate change.
Aanya Khan is a high school senior whose passions lie between gender equality, art, and sustainable development as well as a multitude of other social issues. She hopes to pursue a career in urban planning, development or architecture in the future. Having lived in six countries, across three continents has opened up Aanya’s eyes to social change as a global citizen. She is a UN Women Founder and the Co-President for Pakistan’s first Girl Up Campaign Chapter, Girl Up Pakistan. Having attended the UN Generation Equality Forum this summer and the Asia & Asia-Pacific Youth Activism Accelerator in Bangkok this year, Aanya is an avid supporter of the UN SDGs and is thrilled to be working with MUN Impact.
Fajr Khan is a rising senior (DP2 IB student) studying in Pakistan, after living the first 16 years of her life in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is passionate about advocating for quality healthcare for all and is interested in the intersection between gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and health. As the co-founder and co-president of Girl Up Pakistan, she works towards SDG 5 (gender equality) on a national scale in Pakistan. She is also an ambassador for the Dutch Public Health department, through which she works with public health professionals on campaigns to combat health inequities. With the vision for a more equitable world, she is a strong advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is excited to collaborate with MUN Impact to further work towards global change
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