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Gender issues in mountains


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.

 

Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), jointly with the Ministry of Population and Environment of Nepal and with support from the European Union, is hosting an international conference titled “Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia” on 3-6 December in Kathmandu,...

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Joint advocacy for mountain women at the UN

Joint advocacy for mountain women at the UN

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A round table of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) was held at Utah Valley University (UVU) on 2 October 2017 in Utah, United States of America. The event discussed possible joint efforts between the NGOs and...

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1st West African Mountain Forum

1st West African Mountain Forum

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West Africa is a sub-region that has an abundance of ecosystems, including - among others - mountains. Although not necessarily impressive in terms of altitude, West African mountains are high in biodiversity, and they play an important role in the overall sustainable development of the sub-region. Many West African communities...

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MP members in USA prepare for Global Meeting

MP members in USA prepare for Global Meeting

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On 9 September 2017, Karinjo DeVore, President of the Aspen International Mountain Foundation (AIMF) and member of the Mountain Partnership Steering Committee, met with Matt Rands, President of the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of student clubs at Utah Valley University (UVU), Mark Driggs,...

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Continuing cooperation for mountains

Continuing cooperation for mountains

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Dr Janet Colvin, Interim Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah Valley University (UVU), discussed cooperation between the state of Utah, United States, and Kyrgyzstan, with a focus on sustainable mountain development, with representatives of educational institutions and the media during her visit to Bishkek,...

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7th edition of African Mountains’ Echo out now

7th edition of African Mountains’ Echo out now

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The seventh edition of “African Mountains’ Echo: the Voice for Sustainable Mountain Development in Africa”, produced by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in collaboration with the Africa Mountains Regional Forum with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is now available online.

This issue...

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