Integrated Mountain Development: A Question of Gender Mainstreaming

Wymann von Dach, Susanne (2002). Integrated Mountain Development: A Question of Gender Mainstreaming. Mountain Research and Development, 22(3), pp. 236-239. International Mountain Society

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“Development without women is like a bird trying to take off with only one wing,” according to Abeba Habtorm, director of the Ministry of Education in Asmara, Eritrea. Are mountain women adequately integrated in development cooperation efforts internationally,by region, nationally, and in local communities? Has the vital role of women in sustainable development of mountain communities been sufficiently documented, understood, and especially taken into account in development projects? Mountain women’s concerns have been the subject of debate during the last 3 decades, and some efforts have been made to develop more gender- sensitive policies and programs as well as more opportunities for mountain women, especially at the local level. Yet, there is still a great lack of disaggregated data on women’s roles and responsibilities, on their access to and control over natural resources, services, and infrastructure, and on their knowledge of and participation in the elaboration of strategies to improve the situation they face as a result of male out-migration, globalization, and hence marginalization. The “bird” can take off only if women and men have equal opportunities to design policies and take part in decision making on more sustainable forms of mountain development at all levels.

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Wymann von Dach, Susanne




International Mountain Society




Stephan Schmidt

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03 Aug 2016 15:23

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05 Dec 2022 14:57


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