Gender equality

Access to and control over forest resources is vital to women’s empowerment and gender equality.
  • The long-term viability of community forest management is dependent on the inclusion of women. Policies and programs that ignore gender dimensions are at risk of creating or exacerbating inequalities, and ignoring women’s contribution to household livelihoods.
  • Women living in forests can generate more than half their income from forests, compared to one-third for men.
  • Women are often responsible for the collection and trade of non-timber forest products (NTFPs). The gathering of food, fuel, and craft materials forms a significant component of women’s livelihoods. In isolated areas, NTFPs are often the only source of cash available to women.
  • Economic enterprises that support the commercial production of NTFPs can support women achieve economic empowerment, and contribute to household wellbeing.
The CIFOR Strategy 2016-2025 aligns CIFOR’s research with the Sustainable Development Goals, to put CIFOR’s work into the context of the new climate and development agenda.

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