Earth Reports  

The theme for the first Earth Reports addresses SDG5: to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. While progress has been achieved through goal three of the MDGs, especially in the area of equal access to primary education, gender discrimination is still a reality in every part of the world.


CEE AT CSW60, UNHQ, New York

The 60th session of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) took place from March 14 - 24, 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is a global policy-making body which annually provides a key opportunity for policy makers, advocates, researchers and activists to network and strategize, mobilize and plan new initiatives and actions to further the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Centre for Environment Education (CEE), as an ECOSOC accredited NGO, was selected to take part in the inter-active panel discussion for the Priority theme, on Key strategies for gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on Wednesday 16th March. The session was attended by over 500 representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world. Read More


Gender equality and freedom of choice are closely linked. Factors like socio-cultural norms, religious values, economic structures, family and communities deeply influence and are influenced by the way we think about gender identities and gender relations. Have unwritten rules and expectations about gender roles been a barrier in your life? Think about how gender stereotyping can restrict opportunities at home, within the family as well as within the professional sphere. Gender stereotyping has been responsible for limiting access to education, to dignity and a decent livelihood for women and girls while denying them the right to bodily autonomy (including reproduction and the clothes they can wear) as well as the right to choose to be in relationships that they find personally acceptable. Ideas about gender also determine what jobs women can hold, who controls their purse strings and how they occupy public space. Interestingly enough, research shows that besides men, women are often complicit in perpetuating patriarchal practices and ways of looking at the world, and especially themselves. Please do reflect on these issues as you answer the questions in the survey below.

By telling your story or expressing your point of view, you can help to uncover processes by which people negotiate change within varying socio-cultural contexts.

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About Earth Reports


With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CEE in partnership with Earth Charter International (ECI) started a joint initiative to develop a series of thematic reports that strives to integrate ethics and values into the approaches and processes of the SDGs to ensure these long-term outcomes. These are vital to the achievement of human-centered change through which the SDGs can be achieved.
Earth Reports aims to provide an ethical underpinning to the SDGs through a series of thematic reports, each separately looking at the ‘State of the World’ through the lens of the sixteen principles of the Earth Charter. The focus lies on deepening our understandings of the values that need to shape discussions related to each theme to find common grounds towards a just, sustainable and peaceful society.  

The innovative aspect of this project is that the report will be compiled through an online participatory process by inviting individuals, civil society, governments, media, transnational institutions, corporates and essentially any party wanting to share their views on the selected theme.

As it is a global exercise, case studies, viewpoints, reports, statistics, media reporting and interviews are welcomed across local, regional and global levels. In this process, everyone’s contribution will matter, in addition to those of the experts. Towards the end of the process, our editorial team will look at all contributions and compile a status report that will be available online for everyone to comment.