Key Facts

The important role women play in forestry is well recognized internationally. Yet, the full contributions of women have not been realized.

Although the policy environment for addressing gender inequality has improved over the past decade, women continue to be disadvantaged by insecure property rights and limited access to forest, trees and land resources. They also suffer from discrimination and bias in the provision of services, including credit and technology, and are often excluded from decision-making at household, community and national levels.

Gender mainstreaming continues to be an on-going initiative in Forestry’s work to help countries overcome challenges in achieving gender equality.

Empowering women in the forestry sector can create significant development opportunities and generate important additional benefits for their households and communities, particularly in rural areas. Given their knowledge and roles of forests and the forestry sector, women need to be sufficiently represented in relevant institutions, accepted as stakeholders with specific views and interests, and empowered to have a say in transformative decisions. In order to empower women in the forestry sector it is necessary to: advocate for good governance systems which provide secure tenure for women; collect gender disaggregated data to monitor gender roles in the sector; implement gender in capacity building activities; carry out knowledge building activities aimed at understanding gender-specific roles, needs and dynamics; analyse the potential entry points for gender components in projects and programmes; and circulate important data and facts related to gender in the forests and forestry sector.

Case Studies                  


Watershed Management  Participatory Forestry   Community-Based Forest Development  The Gender Dimension of the Finland-FAO Forestry Program





last updated:  Tuesday, December 6, 2016