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.



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  • 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...

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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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