Feminise our forests: consultation on the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development

Citing the case of the Self Employed Women's Association's (SEWA) experience in nine districts of Gujarat, India, an argument is presented for returning almost the entire forestry sector to the women through their cooperatives of groups. Such an argument is based on the fact that almost one third of poor women are directly or indirectly involved in forestry or forestry-related work in the unorganized sector of the India economy, yet forestry remains a mainly male domain. A specific case study is presented, from Banaskantha, and three of their sub-programmes are described: the Eco-Regeneration Programme; fodder security systems; and Minor Forest Produce Collection (gum collection). Some related issues on forestry and women are then presented in conclusion. Abstract supplied by kind permission of CABI.