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Gender issues in mountains


Women and men play key roles with respect to environmental protection and social and economic development in mountain areas.
Women are often the primary managers of mountain resources, guardians of biodiversity and the main actors in terms of agriculture, animal husbandry and other small scale economic activities. In mountain communities, women  are keepers of traditional knowledge, custodians of local culture and experts in traditional medicine.

However, women mountain dwellers are often invisible and their voices go unheard. They rarely participate in decisions affecting the management and use of local resources; they often lack basic rights, have little access to ownership and land tenure rights, education, health services and training. Since women and girls have less access to household resources, they are at a greater risk of hunger and malnutrition.

As men migrate to lowlands areas or abroad in search of better income, women are left to manage the farm and household and participate in small trade and income-earning activities. Yet lack of access to credit hampers efforts to improve or expand their farm activities and earn cash incomes.Inaccessibility shapes the lives of mountain communities. Further, the challenges men and women face in mountain regions is intensified by altitude, steep terrain and isolation.

 

World Environment Day celebration in Himalayas

World Environment Day celebration in Himalayas

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RCE Srinagar in collaboration with CEE Himalaya & JSW Foundation supported by UNICEF celebrated World Environment Day (WED) 2015 across Indian Himalayan Region and the foothills of Himalaya in Uttar Pradesh bordering to Nepal. Various awareness and action programmes were undertaken reaching out to a...

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A Year-long Ascent: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report

A Year-long Ascent: Mountain Partnership Secretariat Annual Report

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The Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) reflects its key achievements in promoting sustainable mountain development (SMD) in its 2014 annual report. Using mountain climbing as an analogy to facing SMD challenges, the annual report outlines its work in advocacy, communication and knowledge management, promoting International Mountain Day, brokering joint action and...

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Call for papers on women’s lives in mountains

Call for papers on women’s lives in mountains

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Scholarly papers related to women’s lives in mountainous areas may be submitted for the Fourth International Women of the Mountains Conference until 30 June 2015. The conference, organized by Utah Valley University (UVU), the Kyrgyz National Center for the Development of Mountain Regions under the...

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Transnational Working Table 1

Transnational Working Table 1

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The first of two workshops on the results of projects in mountainous European countries and on the development of the Alps will allow participants to share knowledge and experiences on Alpine Space Projects. The meeting will also discuss WikiAlps, an encyclopaedia-like online platform, and its potential use in policy design...

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Multimedia on policy recommendations for SMD in the Andes

Multimedia on policy recommendations for SMD in the Andes

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During the Regional Workshop Post-Rio +20 "Sustainable Mountain Development: Building the future we need" held on November 12-14 in Lima, Peru, the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) launched a multimedia which containing key information and policy recommendations for sustainable mountain development in the Andes.

The...

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Bhutan+10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World

Bhutan+10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World

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Some 170 policy makers, researchers and development practitioners from 27 countries came together for the government of Bhutan’s international conference on gender and sustainable mountain development in October. The conference, Bhutan+10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World, came a decade after Bhutan organized a global event entitled...

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