Human rights and gender

In many countries, human rights are seriously violated, with women and indigenous communities often being hit the hardest. Together with our partners, Both ENDS works to safeguard human rights like the right to water and food, with special attention for the rights of women and the specific rights of indigenous people (such as the principle of free, prior and informed consent, FPIC). The shrinking space for civil society and increasing oppression in many countries makes it ever more difficult for our partner organisations to operate.

The fight for women's equality continues

Fighting for equal rights for women and men is an integral part of our mission. It is not only a matter of social justice, but also a requirement for achieving sustainable development. Both ENDS supports women's leadership, for example by helping them to get a place at the negotiating table, by promoting small grants funds that can ensure that climate and other funds are allocated directly to local women's groups, and by stimulating cooperation between environmental and women's organisations in the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA).

FPIC: the right of indigenous peoples to participate in decision-making

Companies, governments and financial institutions that invest in projects in indigenous areas must adhere to the principle of FPIC. FPIC means that local communities must be able to participate in decision-making on projects in their territories, without being placed under pressure (free), before the project starts (prior) and on the basis of the correct information (informed). Both ENDS promotes FPIC to ensure that investors respect the rights of indigenous peoples.

Shrinking civic space

Unfortunately, in recent years, the space for civil society to act has been shrinking steadily worldwide. Non-violent protest is increasingly repressed with violence and freedom of the press, of expression and association is being restricted in many parts of the world.

The most serious consequence of this repression is the increasing threat to human rights defenders and those who protect the environment. Many of them have already given their lives in their struggle for justice. Both ENDS supports and strengthens them and their organisations, because a strong civil society worldwide is of crucial importance for fair and sustainable development.

Our work on the subject of Human rights and gender

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    Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA)

    GAGGA rallies the collective power of the women's rights and environmental justice movements to realize a world where women can and do access their rights to water, food security, and a clean, healthy and safe environment. 
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    Fair Green and Global Alliance (FGG)

    Together with civil society organisations from all over the world, the Fair Green and Global (FGG) Alliance aims for socially just, inclusive and environmentally sustainable societies in the Netherlands and the Global South.
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    Agua Zarca: indigenous fight against dam costs lives

    Indigenous Hondurans are resisting the construction of the Agua Zarca hydrodam. Their fight has cost several lives, including that of Berta Cáceres. After considerable public pressure, Dutch development bank FMO withdrew from the project.
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    The Negotiated Approach: inclusive and sustainable water management

    The Negotiated Approach is a bottom-up governance method. It gives communities a voice in river management, ensures a fair and sustainable use of water and prevents damage to vulnerable ecosytems.
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    Fighting for more sustainable palm oil

    The production of palm oil is causing social and environmental problems worldwide. Both ENDS is working to make the sector fairer and more sustainable and is promoting alternatives for palm oil.
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    Suape: port expansion threatens paradise

    Two projects insured by Atradius DSB in the Brazilian port of Suape have caused serious social problems and environmental damage. Both ENDS is helping the local people to obtain justice.
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    Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP)

    Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) is a rights-based approach ensuring inclusive and gender-responsive land governance, especially for those whose rights to land are not fully acknowledged.
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    Indigenous communities threatened by Barro Blanco dam in Panama

    The Barro Blanco dam project in Panama, which has Dutch financial support, is causing indigenous lands to disappear under water. Both ENDS is working to protect the rights of indigenous communities living near the dam.
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    Upholding Human Rights - Bridging the gender-environment divide

    Both ENDS and some partners started a four-year project Upholding Human Rights, bridging the gender-environment divide in 2014, with the aim to empower women and human rights defenders, to improve sustainable resource management and to further explore the potential of the human rights system to enhance the position and protect the rights of women.