Achieving the twin goals of protecting the planet and improving humanity’s wellbeing relies on women having the agency and space to co-govern the natural resources they - and their families - depend on for their livelihoods. Reflecting on COP27’s Gender Day, we look at how better understanding women’s access to, use, and control of land, forests and natural resources in Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) could be utilised to support climate action.
Anna Locke is a Senior Research Associate in the Global Risks and Resilience Programme. She was previously Director of ODI’s Sustainable Environments and Societies Programme and Principal Research Fellow in ODI’s Climate and Sustainability Programme, working as an ODI staff member for nearly 11 years. She is Co-Director of Prindex, a global data initiative on tenure security working across 140 countries.
She has worked for 30 years in international development, 12 of which were based in Mozambique, working on and studying development issues in more than 20 countries across the world. She specialises in sustainable natural resource governance, climate change, and rural development and livelihoods. She is a respected specialist in land and property rights, and how they intersect with responsible agricultural investment, gender equality, violent conflict and environmental outcomes, particularly in areas under IPLC management.