arbourvitae, the newsletter of the IUCN Forest Conservation Programme, recently published an issue entirely devoted to women’s relationship to forests. Entitled “Attending to Gender,” this issue contains, amongst other pieces, a look at the breakthrough in gender references at the COP16, articles on gender-mainstreaming efforts in REDD+ programs, a tribute to legendary activist Wangari Maathai, and a thought-provoking piece by Jeannette Gurung of WOCAN on why women have traditionally been excluded from the world of forestry.
Particularly striking are the field-level articles, which related stories of women’s relationships to forests across the globe. Some of the subjects examined are:
• Female forest owners in Oregon
• Efforts to mainstream gender in forest practices in Nepal
• Women’s micro-finance and conservation in India
• The relationship between gender and farming practices in Tanzania
And much more!
To read the newsletter, click here.