Women’s History Month Bonus: Interview with Elizabeth Mrema of the United Nations


As our last interview of Women’s History Month, we sat down with Elizabeth Mrema, who leads the Secretariat of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  We asked her about the importance of women in stemming the current biodiversity crisis and ensuring better outcomes in the CBD’s negotiations.  Mrema said,

“Having women at the negotiation table is key and paramount…Not all women can sit at the table, and those who sit at the negotiation table are the elites….but 80% of women who are farmers, in the local communities, in the villages — those are not sitting at the negotiation table. And this 80% are the key women who are important when it comes to biodiversity conservation.  They are the fishermen, the agriculturalists, they are the ones who need to speak up and be heard.”

She went on to add that as for the CBD,

“Our work on gender equality includes raising awareness and building understanding on the important role women play…and we really are working on shifting this rhetoric from depicting women only as a ‘vulnerable group’ towards recognizing women’s roles as leaders and agents of change.” 

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