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How is gender equity integrated into conservation projects, and what are the challenges the conservation sector faces to reach gender equality goals?
Integrating Gender and Social Equity into Conservation Programming
Speaker: Whitney Yadao-Evans, Marine Resource Management, Gender and Safeguards Specialist, Conservation International
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom (details below)
About the Topic
This talk will focus on the process of gender mainstreaming within conservation projects and programs. The presentation will include background on why gender equality (and other social considerations) are prioritized in the context of conservation project design and implementation; a close look at how gender is integrated into conservation projects, and the challenges the conservation sector faces to reach gender equality goals.
About the Speaker
Whitney Yadao-Evans is a marine resource management and gender and safeguards specialist with Conservation International. She has a background in gender-inclusive conservation approaches, marine resource management and conservation and community-based management with significant field experience in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America. She received her Master’s degree in international environmental policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, and her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Denver. Prior to joining Conservation International’s Coral Triangle Initiative program in 2015, Whitney worked with the Office of Policy at the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service in Silver Spring, Maryland and was a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Morocco. In more than seven years at Conservation International, Whitney has been a foundational member of the Gender Program, managed Conservation International’s engagement with the Coral Triangle Initiative, advanced marine conservation initiatives within coral triangle countries, and currently acts as the Gender & Safeguards Advisor for the Blue Nature Alliance and Conservation International’s Project Delivery and Monitoring Team.
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