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Gender and natural resource governance indicators: a need to assess and address ‘sensitive and taboo’ topics

Gender and natural resource governance indicators: a need to assess and address ‘sensitive and taboo’ topics

Gender and governance or management are topics that have been inadequately
addressed by researchers, with resulting very slow progress towards gender equity
globally. A collaborative landscape management project in South and Southeast
Sulawesi (Indonesia) has been trying to strengthen women’s voices in local
management and governance and to encourage more equitable benefit distribution
throughout the landscape. The need for a simple assessment of the project’s success
presented an opportunity for us to develop a set of indicators that we believe can be
adapted and used more widely. Our indicators, presented below, differ from other
indicator sets available, most fundamentally in their foci on (1) gender and governance/
forest management, (2) a combination of production and other more sensitive issues
central to women’s lives, and (3) intra-household decision-making.

Authors: Colfer, C.J.P.; Achdiawan, R.; Adnan, H.; Erni; Yuliani, L.; Balang; LepMil

Topic: gender,tenure,forest policy,empowerment,decision making,participation,forests

Geographic: Sulawesi

Publication Year: 2013

ISSN: 1472-8028

Source: Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 22(3): 143-155

DOI: 10.1080/14728028.2013.807143

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