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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.

 

Mountain Pavilion to be presented by Peru during RIO+20

Mountain Pavilion to be presented by Peru during RIO+20

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With the collaboration of strategic international partners, the Government of Peru is leading the organization of the Mountain Pavilion at Rio+20. The initiative aims to showcase achievements and progress towards sustainable development in mountain regions to representatives of 191 countries and civil society present at the conference. More...

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Shared learning session: study tour of Kyrgyz women group to India

Shared learning session: study tour of Kyrgyz women group to India

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When the Mountain Partnership Central Asia Hub (MPCA) hub was approached by a group of women-entrepreneurs inspired by their 10-day visit to India telling us of their need in sharing their experience and new knowledge, we welcomed the idea by offering one of our knowledge sharing platforms as SLS...

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United Nations General Assembly Resolution: Sustainable Mountain Development (2012)

United Nations General Assembly Resolution: Sustainable Mountain Development (2012)

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Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on Sustainable mountain development at the 66th Session. A/RES/66/205

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Women of the Mountains Conference

Women of the Mountains Conference

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Mountain Partnership Event

 

The second international conference, “Women of the Mountains” was held in Orem, Utah, 8-9 March 2011. It was organized in the context of the Mountain Partnership by Utah Valley University, the Mountain Partnership member who also organized the first such conference in 2007. The...

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United Nations General Assembly Resolution: Sustainable Mountain Development (2010)

United Nations General Assembly Resolution: Sustainable Mountain Development (2010)

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Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on Sustainable mountain development at the 64th Session. A/RES/64/205

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United Nations General Assembly Resolution: Sustainable Mountain Development (2008)

United Nations General Assembly Resolution: Sustainable Mountain Development (2008)

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Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on Sustainable mountain development at the 60th Session. A/RES/62/196

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