A gendered strategy to the unlawful wildlife commerce might engender an anti-trafficking revolution (commentary)

  • A newly adopted UN decision on Tackling Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife (IWT) calling for gender-mainstreaming presents a welcome alternative for extra inclusive and efficient responses to IWT.
  • Girls symbolize solely an estimated 3-11% of the worldwide ranger workforce, regardless of obtainable proof strongly suggesting that better gender equality would carry improved relationships with communities, de-escalate violence, cut back the dangers of gender-based violence, and lead to higher group engagement and nature conservation all spherical.
  • Making a extra enabling atmosphere to steer extra gender-responsive IWT tasks might be a win-win for gender equality, human rights and conservation.
  • The views expressed are these of the authors, not essentially Mongabay.

This week the United Nations Common Meeting is anticipated to formally undertake its fifth Decision on Tackling Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife. One could be forgiven for asking “one other decision – so what?” However for the primary time ever in any IWT-related coverage final result, the brand new UNGA decision brings gender into IWT pondering and responses.

By adopting this decision, Member States have dedicated to:

“guarantee the total and efficient participation and equal alternatives for management of girls within the improvement and implementation of related insurance policies and packages addressing illicit