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SDG 5. ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS


BY CHOOSING PEFC PRODUCTS
YOU ENSURE EQUAL RIGHTS & OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND MEN IN THE FORESTRY & WOOD TRANSFORMATION SECTOR

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Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes, fuels sustainable economies and benefits societies and humanity at large.

- 330 million women and girls live on less than $1.90 a day, which is 4.4 million more than men - (UN Women)

 

Forests & Gender equality

In many countries, the link between poverty, gender and sustainable forest management is a critical issue. Compared to men, rural women are frequently disadvantaged in their access to and control over forest resources and in the economic opportunities available to them. Women’s knowledge of forests and trees is often discounted in forest decisions, and their role in forest-related value chains tends to be poorly supported by policy-makers and extension services.

Reducing gender inequalities and mainstreaming gender in the forest sector requires measures to address structural gender disparities and inequalities, and to promote women’s full participation and leadership in decision-making processes.

 

PEFC’s contribution to SDG #5

- PEFC certification provides a forum that better enables women to participate in forest decisions -

PEFC certification promotes gender equality and the role of women in forestry by requiring equal opportunities and non-discrimination, training opportunities and employment of local people – women and men alike but also equality of wages for women and men.

 SDG 5

 

PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management requirements contributing to SDG #5:

6.3.2.1 Legal, customary and traditional rights related to the forest land: Property rights, tree ownership and land tenure arrangements shall be clearly defined, documented and established for the relevant management unit. Likewise, legal, customary and traditional rights related to the forest land shall be clarified, recognized and respected.

6.3.3.1 Fundamental ILO conventions: Forest practices and operations shall comply with fundamental ILO conventions. NOTE: In countries where the fundamental ILO conventions have been ratified, the requirements of 6.3.3.1 apply. In countries where a fundamental convention has not been ratified and its content is not covered by applicable legislation, specific requirements shall be included in the forest management standard.

6.3.4. Health, safety and working conditions:

6.3.4.4 Organisation is committed to equal opportunities, non-discrimination and freedom from workplace harassment. Gender equality shall be promoted.

6.3.4.3 Wages of local and migrant forest workers’ as well as of contractors and other operators operating in PEFC certified areas shall meet at least legal, industry minimum standards or to exceed it (where applicable) through collective bargaining agreements. NOTE Where wages are below the living wage of a country; steps should be taken to attain increased wages towards a living wage level over time in addition to increases for inflation.

 

>> More about the SDGs on the UN website 

>> More about PEFC’s Sustainable Forest Management Requirements