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Jakarta Post

The woman and the forest

  • Cristina Eghenter


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8, 2019   /  12:14 pm
The woman and the forest Gender equality illustration (Shutterstock/File)

The commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8 can be the occasion to take the pulse on advances in women’s equality but also reflect on enduring challenges and conflicts: in politics, economics, civic and cultural spaces and in terms of individual affirmation and empowerment of women in society. Equally important, this day should be a way to express our full appreciation and respect for the many contributions of women and the many valuable roles they play, whether profiled or not, including in the governance of natural resources. Many stories of what women have traditionally been doing for the environment are yet to be told. The countless choices and decisions of women in rural areas to build the economic resilience of their families and care for the land and its resources have often been overlooked by more powerful decision makers. Women play important e...

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