Spotlight GEDA Members: Madani Foundation for Development

  1. Please tell us about yourself and your work at Madani Foundation for Development.

Nasim: I am Nasim Ali, the CEO at Madani Foundation for Development, and also an activist in the field of climate and environment. At our foundation, we focus on integrating gender issues with environmental challenges and climate change. Our goal is to promote policies and practices that consider environmental sustainability and gender equality. We believe in the importance of building sustainable and inclusive communities that ensure everyone’s participation in addressing environmental and climate challenges.

2. Why is data at the intersection of gender and environment/climate important to Madani Foundation for Development?

Nasim: Data intersecting gender and environment are crucial because women, especially those in the Global South and in conflict-affected countries like Yemen where state institutions are fragile and weak, are often significantly affected by environmental degradation and climate change. This data helps us understand and document how these issues impact different gender groups differently, enabling us to develop more effective strategies to mitigate these impacts and enhance equality in our policies and programs.

3. What inspired Madani Foundation for Development to become part of GEDA?

Nasim: We were encouraged to join the GEDA network by our realization that a more coordinated approach is needed in collecting and analyzing gender and environment related data. Joining GEDA allows us to contribute to and benefit from global efforts to collect data that reflects the gender dimensions of environmental issues, enhancing our ability to make an effective impact.

4. What are you looking forward to in terms of gender and environment data this year?

Nasim: This year, we are looking forward to participate in developing how data can demonstrate the
interplay between gender and environment. We are excited to welcome and prepare new research and methodologies that enhance our understanding of these interactions, enabling us to work more effectively at these intersections.

5. Is there a specific resource you’d like to share with the GEDA Insights Network? 

Nasim: I would highly recommend the upcoming editions of the GEDA Insights newsletter, which will include innovative research and case studies from around the world. This resource will be invaluable to anyone interested in the intersection of gender and environment and looking to make a tangible impact.

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