Gender and diversity are central to our work. We work hard to ensure that women, young people, and people with different abilities can actively contribute to identify opportunities, solve problems and take decisions.
It is often said that a diverse economy is a healthy one. Likewise, organisations that are able to draw on a diversity of views and ideas are often more resilient than those with a more one-dimensional approach.
In conflict situations, men often occupy decision-making positions in the military, in politics and in the clergy. In our experience, intractable conflicts can more easily be resolved when the voices of women and young people are also heard. This is especially true in environmental conflicts where women and men, boys and girls use natural resources in different ways.
Mind the Gap’s strong focus on gender, especially in environmental conflicts, comes from years of practical experience as well a core belief that women and young people need to be empowered to contribute equally. This is not only for reasons of courtesy (though that is important) – it is because by exploring the range of perspectives that women, men and young people all bring, we create more opportunities, and more chances for lasting solutions to difficult problems.