Women have a crucial role to play and essential qualities to bring in climate leadership. Yet that potential remains untapped.

In the first survey of its kind, more than 600 women whose work focuses on delivering the SDGs have shared how and when their voices are heard, their views as to their ability to influence and what they believe they offer to climate leadership.

The resulting report ‘Why being heard is not enough: solutions to the barriers facing women in sustainability’ by the Women in Sustainability Network, in partnership with Newcastle University, offers a unique perspective into the challenges facing women in green careers and solutions to achieve 50:50 gender parity.

It reveals that while they are working hard to drive much-needed change, barriers such as gender bias and discrimination prevent them from actually influencing decisions.

At a time when the positive impact of gender-balanced leadership is well recognised and the planet is on the line, supporting gender parity in climate leadership is surely a win-win.

We believe this report can, and must, be a real conversation starter for all and all genders.

We invite everyone to explore it and spread the discussion to accelerate the transformation so urgently needed for gender parity, and thus for climate action.

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We would like to acknowledge that this research would not have been possible without the funding made available from the Newcastle University Engagement & Place Fund.

We thank all our respondents for their time in completing the online survey and acknowledge the many individuals who shared and encouraged their networks to get involved on LinkedIn and Twitter.