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Understanding Women's Participation in Forestry in Nepal
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Nepal is a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The government has created a complementary national legal framework to protect women’s rights and promote gender equality in the forestry sector. Since the emergence of community forestry in Nepal, there has been gradual progress towards recognizing gender equity through laws, policies and strategies governing the forestry sector (Table 1). Currently, about 1.45
million households, or approximately 35 percent of Nepal’s population, are involved in community forestry programmes, including 18 000 community forestry user groups (CFUGs) (USAID Nepal 2012).

Although women’s participation in CFUG executive committees has gradually increased to 31 percent, it has not reached the target of 50 percent set out in the Community Forestry Guidelines (2009). To encourage and empower women’s involvement in forestry further, the Department of Forests developed the concept of women-only CFUGs; the initial purpose was to hand over smaller and degraded areas of forest land to them.

This brief describes how gender perspectives are integrated in Nepal’s forest plans and policies in terms of women’s representation, participation and access to decision-making in forest use and management. It also highlights the key
challenges in mainstreaming gender aspects in forest policies and practices, and outlines recommendations to promote gender mainstreaming further in the forestry sector.

#Community #Forestry #Women #Equity
FAO ,   (2015 )
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 FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization
14.01.00  -  Advancement Of Women
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