Happy International Women’s Day

Article issued from the Ramsar Culture Network Update dedicated to Women & Wetlands.

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Happy International Women’s Day !

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”: a theme that is highly relevant to the Ramsar Convention thanks to the central role that women play in collecting, distributing and managing water, and the roles of some notable women in wetland science and global environmental governance.

In this issue, we highlight stories from Burkina Faso, Greece, Iraq, Mexico and Senegal to see glimpses of Ramsar Sites where the majority of patrollers are women, to discover women acting as agents of change in local water governance and water leadership. These stories give an insight into the vital roles that women play in wetland-based livelihoods, which support over a billion people around the world.

b544fd0f-fb50-47ce-bde9-5cbe1bdf2bfdInterview with Dr Ania Grobicki, Acting Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention
Click here to see a short interview with Dr Ania Grobicki, Acting Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Women and Leadership!



beltramThe new chair of the MedWet Committee, Mrs Gordana Beltram on managing Slovenia’s Škocjan Caves
I became passionate about wetlands in the early 1990s when I started working on my PhD on wetland management in Slovenia. After successfully defending my thesis, I began to work at the Slovenian Ministry Read more 


Women’s central role is recognized in the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), emphasising that “women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water”. Today, gender issues have been included in many positive policies to address women’s specific issues relating to water and to empower them to participate in the management of water and wetlands, but there is still a long way to go.

As indicated by this year’s theme “Step it up for Gender Equality”, momentum is building to accelerate the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goal 5 on Gender Equality calls for ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership. We are particularly delighted that this ambitious goal comes right before Goal 6, which calls for implementing IWRM, and protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems.

We hope that this issue provides inspiration to the wider Ramsar family and beyond, on women’s vital contributions to wetland conservation and wise use around the world.

Dr Ania Grobicki, Acting Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention

Mariam Kenza Ali, Manager, Culture & Livelihoods, Ramsar Secretariat


Mariam Ali ali@ramsar.org