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The study of the different impact of environmental issues on women and men has become increasingly important due to altering approaches to economic activity, changing social standards and values, urbanisation at the global and local levels. How do women and men interact with the environment? Is it possible to use a gender approach to address environmental problems? Is there a link between gender-based discrimination and environmental crises? Do gender stereotypes influence consumer behaviour? These and many other questions constitute a gender perspective of the environment.

One of the key components of reducing the negative impact of climate change and other pollution-related problems is gender equality and equity in the implementation of policies and measures in this area. Gender impact assessment is crucial for understanding how policies and legislation on climate change, environment protection and energy affect women and men, boys and girls; and whether funds are allocated fairly to minimise negative impacts.

The research “Gender perspective of the environmental protection sector of Ukraine” was conducted to identify opportunities for closing gender gaps in the environmental protection sector: the use of environmentally friendly practices, minimisation of the negative impact of climate change and pollution on women and men, equitable distribution of funds and increase of women’s participation in environmental decision-making. Materials of the research will complement the country’s gender profile with a focus on the gender dimension of the implementation of AA/DCFTA (The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area) cooperation/EU assistance in Ukraine.

The research and report publication was produced within the WE ACT: Women Empowerment Action programme, implemented by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and funded by the European Union. ​​Materials, conclusions and recommendations reflect the views of authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of UNFPA and the European Union.