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|Title:||JRC Statistical Audit on the Environment and Gender Index|
|Authors:||SAISANA Michaela; WEZIAK-BIALOWOLSKA DOROTA MARIA|
|Publisher:||International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Despite the many challenges inherent in this exercise, from defining the concept itself to rendering it analytically tractable, the Environment and Gender Index (EGI) seems to be a tool in the right direction. The added value of the EGI, which was developed using international quality standards and tested using state-of-the-art statistical analyses, lays in its ability to summarize different aspects of gender equality within the context of global environmental governance in a more efficient and parsimonious manner than what is possible with a collection of relevant indicators taken separately. Nevertheless, the validity of the EGI does not merely depend on its statistical soundness but also on its acceptance by the community of peers. Our general suggestion is to consider EGI as a useful step to inform research policymakers in a learning-by-comparing exercise, which is what benchmarking is about, but also as a preliminary step in the ongoing debate on how to measure gender equality within the context of global environmental governance. In this respect, the EGI should remain open to constructive criticism and could be refined within two of its six categories, Ecosystem and Country reported activities category categories. This refinement would be instrumental in bringing the EGI to its full potential.|
|JRC Directorate:||Space, Security and Migration|
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