Gender, Leadership & Environment: Mashav Session


convener: The Golda Meir MASHAV "Carmel" International Training Center

Sarah Wilner, Deputy Director, The Golda Meir MASHAV "Carmel" International Training Center (MCTC)

This panel will discuss the challenges women face in a changing environment and in feeding families and communities in dryland areas. Women play a crucial role in the production and preparation of food, and need to be included in all decision making policies regarding developing the drylands for sustainability and combatting and preventing desertification. Panelists will also discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, gender mainstreaming and how to integrate gender as a cross-cutting issue in all activities.


1. Challenges faced by women and feeding the drylands

2. SDG’s and gender equality

3. Gender mainstreaming in development

4. The link between gender and the environment

5. Women and sustainable environment


One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. As a member of the “Global Sustainable Development Criteria” (GSTC) initiative, Israel is committed to the promotion of sustainable communities worldwide.

MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, through its affiliate the Golda Meir Carmel Training Center (MCTC), shares Israeli knowledge, best practices and experiences regarding sustainable development and women’s empowerment, gender equality especially concerning environmental development, community development, and leadership development.




Ambassador Eynat Shlein
Head of MASHAV, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Dr. Elaine Solowey
Director of The Center for Sustainable Agriculture; The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
Janet Kabebe-Macharia
Head, Gender and Safeguards Unit, Policy and Programme Division, UN Environment