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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.

 

Key insights from the High-level Political Forum event on mountains

Key insights from the High-level Political Forum event on mountains

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The August 2023 issue of Peak to Peak shares the outcomes of the Mountain Partnership's side event at the 2023 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Top news stories cover trainings on participatory guarantee systems in the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Peru and sustainable mountain development in Italy, as...

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 Call for proposals for the Business Incubator and Accelerator for Mountains and Islands, deadline extended to 7 June 2023

Call for proposals for the Business Incubator and Accelerator for Mountains and Islands, deadline extended to 7 June 2023

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The June 2023 issue of Peak to Peak announces the extension of the deadline to submit proposals for grants to the Business Incubator and Accelerator for Mountains and Islands, now open until 7 June 2023. Top news stories cover a campaign by ICIMOD to raise awareness of the effects of...

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International Year of Mountains closing ceremony starts a new era for action

International Year of Mountains closing ceremony starts a new era for action

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The May 2023 issue of Peak to Peak opens with a summary of the closing ceremony of the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development 2022. Top news stories cover the launch of a new joint publication on mountain tourism by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World...

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MP members call for attention to mountains and the cryosphere at the UN 2023 Water Conference

MP members call for attention to mountains and the cryosphere at the UN 2023 Water Conference

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The April 2023 issue of Peak to Peak shares the highlights of the Mountain Partnership's activities at the United Nations 2023 Water Conference. Top news stories cover the Mountain Women of the World Network's summit of Mount Aconcagua, a Mountain Partnership side event at the 67th session of the Commission...

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Utah students advocate for mountain women and girls at CSW67

Utah students advocate for mountain women and girls at CSW67

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"Empowering rural women in mountains is crucial to eradicating hunger and poverty," said Rosalaura Romeo, Interim Coordinator of the Mountain Partnership Secretariat, during the 67th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67). In alignment with this goal, the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Utah...

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International group of mountain women summit Mount Aconcagua

International group of mountain women summit Mount Aconcagua

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An international group of 14 women from the Mountain Women of the World network successfully summited Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in the western hemisphere. In recognition of their achievement, Nora Vicario, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Argentina, honoured the athletes during a ceremony at the...

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