Constructing a gender policy for Joint Forest Management in India

Locke, Catherine ORCID: (1999) Constructing a gender policy for Joint Forest Management in India. Development and Change, 30 (2). pp. 265-285. ISSN 0012-155X

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Policy makers and advocates of joint forest management (JFM) agree that women should be full participants and that their involvement is especially important because of the nature of women's work. This article examines how JFM policy has addressed gender in India. It argues that policy has been informed by instrumentalist positions in the debate over women's relationship to the environment. Consequently, gender planning in JFM has focused on two issues: formal representation for women in local institutions, and identifying women's ‘special’ values, knowledge and uses of forest resources. The scant evidence suggests that the impact of JFM on women has generally been negative. Finally, the article suggests that gender policy in JFM needs to be based on a more sophisticated understanding of gender relations and a wider examination of the gendered context of JFM processes.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 12:26
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:58
DOI: 10.1111/1467-7660.00117

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