World Rainforest Movement

Forests and Women

Women play an essential role in forest conservation. Depending on the context, they fulfill specific tasks inside forest-dependent communities and have a special relationship with the forest. In a world dominated by patriarchal societies and cultures, forest destruction caused by “development” projects such as industrial tree plantations, mining and oil extraction have severe and differentiated impacts on women, even more serious than those affecting men, disempowering and impoverishing women. Women have little influence on forest conservation and management. While forest-dependent communities most often only have customary and no legal land rights, often the role of women is still a secondary one in the struggles for recognition of these rights, and therefore deserves more attention and support.



Articles from the WRM Bulletin

Books and Briefings

  • Recueil de recettes nutritives, médicinales, artisanales des palmiers à huile traditionnels

    Posted on November 27, 2018

    Only available in French.

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  • Another lie from oil palm companies: they claim to prevent violence against women

    Posted on March 9, 2018

    “12 Replies to 12 Lies about Oil Palm Monoculture Plantations” has been updated. The publication now includes a chapter about how oil palm companies lie when they say they respect women’s rights.

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  • Forest definition

    Posted on November 10, 2011

    When we talk about “the definition of forest”, what is perhaps most striking is the fact that, although there are many definitions of the word “forest” in different parts of the world, there is one definition viewed as more...

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  • REDD in the Congo Basin

    Posted on December 11, 2010

    The forest of the Congo Basin expands over an area of continuous tropical rainforest cover only second to that of the Amazon forest. The region’s forests are found in Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon,...

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  • Women, forests and plantations. The gender Dimension

    Posted on August 18, 2005

    By the World Rainforest Movement Selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement, addressing the gender dimension of the impacts in the forests of plantations Women, forests and...

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  • Community Forests. Equity, use and conservation

    Posted on June 8, 2004

    As we all know, the conservation of the world’s forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of destruction, among which the empowerment of local communities to manage their own forests. In most of...

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  • Africa: Forests under threat

    Posted on August 9, 2002

    This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing the issue of the processes leading to the destruction of African forests and the struggles developed...

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Other Relevant Information



  • Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

    Posted on December 11, 2012

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil. In Brazil, the Atlantic Forest, which covered the country’s...

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  • Forests. Much more than a lot of trees

    Posted on November 29, 2011

    Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Directed by Flavio Pazos The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests You may have already heard that the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests, that...

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