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Women in Sustainability

Women in Sustainability

Sustainability lies at the intersection of economic growth, social justice and equity, and environmental protection. In order to make advances in sustainability, women and men around the world have committed themselves to careers in science, academia, activism, public policy, field work, data analytics, governance, law, politics, and the media. However, even as women globally make strides towards advancing the ideals of sustainability in various forms and countries, they continue to face gender-based challenges.

CEEW is committed to promoting gender diversity in sustainability public policy and beyond. Our Women in Sustainability (WiS) initiative is committed to change the status quo within the institution and the sector as a whole.

WiS, a network of individuals and institutions, seeks to promote greater participation, inclusiveness, and visibility of women at all levels of the sustainability workforce. Its endeavour is to recognise and recommend affirmative actions to counter the challenges that restrict women from entering the sustainability workforce, taking on leadership roles, and receiving due recognition.

Do you want to collaborate with Women in Sustainability?

Are women not good enough for science?

  • 37%

    of PhD candidates in science are women

    (Source: DST Report 2010)
  • 15-16%

    Employees working in government scientific research organisations in India are women

    (Source: DST Report 2010)
  • 3%

    Of Bhatnagar prize awardees between 1958 and 2016 are women

    (Source: http://ssbprize.gov.in/)
  • There is abundant research and practical evidence that women can assist in building stronger, more resilient and environment-friendly communities that are better able to resist climatic impacts and seize opportunities for a transition to a greener, cleaner world. I welcome CEEW's Women in Sustainability Initiative and look forward to it flourishing in the years to come.

    Patricia Espinosa

    Executive Secretary, UNFCCC

  • I have recently co-founded GWNET, a global network aimed to empower women working in sustainable energy in both developed and emerging/ developing countries...GWNET looks forward to collaborating closely with CEEW's new initiative to advance women in sustainability, thereby promoting gender equality and facilitating the reaching of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Christine Lins

    Executive Secretary, REN21 and Founding Member, GWNET

  • In the energy and sustainability space there still exists a gendered divide on who studies the gender angle of the process of transformation towards sustainability... While gender is an important aspect of sustainability, it should not be restricted to being explored by women researchers alone.

    Dr. Tejal Kanitkar

    Chairperson, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, TISS