Building on the Gender Equality in the Arctic III (GEA III) Pan-Arctic Report, GEA IV will consist of two main components:
GEA is an international collaborative project within the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) that has been ongoing since 2013 and focuses on gender equality in the Arctic. The purpose and objective of the project is to promote and expand gender equality in the Arctic region. GEA highlights the importance of recognizing and appreciating diversity in many areas, including governance, education, economics, social realities, sustainability, and leadership. This project seeks to identify priorities and strategies to increase diversity and gender balance in policy- and decision-making processes, and to provide information to facilitate sustainable policy-making for the future.
GEA is informed by earlier gender work undertaken by the SDWG since 2002, including the following conferences and reports: (Taking Wing Conference (2002); Women’s Participation in Decision-making Processes in Arctic Fisheries Resource Management (2004); Arctic Human Development Report 1 (2004); Women and Natural Resource Management in the Rural North (2006).
Phase IV of GEA also builds on its previous phases, in particular, the outcome and recommendations from the conference,Gender Equality in the Arctic- Current Realities and Future Challenges, held in Akureyri in October 2014; the phase II follow-up project from 2017-2019; and the recently concluded GEA III and its Pan-Arctic Report on Gender in the Arctic, published in May 2021.
The GEA III Report provided the three following recommendations for the Arctic Council:
The report was welcomed at the Ministerial meeting and included in the Reykjavík Declaration 2021 where the Council committed to “emphasize the importance of gender equality and respect for diversity for sustainable development in the Arctic and welcome the Pan-Arctic Report, Gender Equality in the Arctic, Phase 3; encourage the mainstreaming of gender-based analysis in the work of the Arctic Council; and call for further action to advance gender equality in the Arctic.” Further, the Arctic Council Strategic Plan 2021–2030 includes a goal to “promote gender equality and non-discrimination in the Arctic with the aim of contributing to sustainability and balanced participation in leadership and decision making both in the public and private sectors.”
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