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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.

 

Mountain Futures 2018

Mountain Futures 2018

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In March 2016, stakeholders from 35 countries established the Mountain Futures Initiative, as part of the inaugural Mountain Futures Conference in Kunming, China. The initiative seeks to foster local innovations for resilient livelihoods in mountain regions worldwide; it aims to identify, develop and scale up mountain-based solutions to global problems.

In...

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Mountain women advocacy at CSW62

Mountain women advocacy at CSW62

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A 26-member delegation from Utah Valley University (UVU) participated in the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters on 19-21 March 2018. The priority theme of CSW62 was “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment...

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CEE Himalaya celebrates Women’s Day

CEE Himalaya celebrates Women’s Day

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The Centre for Environment Education (CEE Himalaya) together with RCE Srinagar organized two activities in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March 2018. With financial support from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Give2Asia, and in collaboration with Gram Sabha Rithaura...

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ICENECDEV at the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope

ICENECDEV at the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope

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The Mount Cameroon Race of Hope is an international mountain race organized every year in the month February by the Government of Cameroon together with partners. This year, the athletic competition was organized on 17 February 2018 with the participation of more than 226 athletes from nine countries. Simultaneously, on...

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Clean energy and sustainable mountain communities

Clean energy and sustainable mountain communities

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A round table to discuss the outcomes of the pilot project "Clean energy: sustainable communities" was held on 9 February 2018, in Yapshorv Village, Savnob Jamoat (municipality), Gorno-Badahshan Autonomous Region, Tajikistan. The event was attended by the jamoat officials, women from the project’s target group, village advocates and the staff...

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Empowering indigenous women

Empowering indigenous women

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On 12-13 January 2018 during the High Level Forum “Empower indigenous women to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in America Latina and the Caribbean”, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched the advocacy campaign "Make them visible, empower them". The campaign seeks to increase the...

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