National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Gender Issues
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 23


To develop ESD-related policies, programs and actions which incorporate the particular concerns of women, while ensuring that actions to achieve ESD do not have inequitable effects on women.

Strategic Approach

Governments will take action to ensure women's access to information and decision-making processes in relation to ESD. In addition, decision makers will be explicitly requested to assess, and make efforts to minimise, where inequitable or disadvantageous, the gender impacts of ESD-related decisions.

Objective 23.1

  • to educate decision makers, program managers and the community of women's contributions to ESD

Governments will:

  • recognise women's interests in the development of any nationally-coordinated public information and education campaigns aimed at improving awareness of ESD issues
  • continue to provide information and seek input from women's representative groups on ESD issues
  • ensure participation by women in developing cooperative approaches to resource management issues
  • ensure participation of women on ESD-related decision-making bodies and advisory groups

Objective 23.2

  • to assess the gender implications of ESD-related initiatives in all sectors of the economy

The Commonwealth Government will:

  • invite the National Women's Consultative Committee to participate in any Government sponsored community consultations on ESD-related issues, including the intergovernmental ESD Roundtable
  • in the context of current program reporting requirements, request program managers with responsibility for implementing actions in this Strategy to report on any adverse gender impacts and actions to minimise those impacts