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Women and Pastures in the Kyrgyz Republic on a Case Study of Chong Alai Valley

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dc.contributor.author Undeland, Asyl en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:36:24Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:36:24Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-12 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-12 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1382
dc.description.abstract "Women play a big role in livestock economy in the Kyrgyz Republic. Their role in Chong Alay valley is especially significant since they are in charge of grazing animals in pastures from early spring till late fall. At the same time, traditionally rights of Kyrgyz women to pastures are secured through their male relatives- fathers, brothers and/or husbands. Customary regimes place the man at the head of the household and thus property rights, including animals and pasture land use rights, are attributed to him. Nonetheless, customary use regimes are viewed positively when compared to the formal system. Women enjoy access to pasture land insofar as they belong to the associated clan, which is headed by men. "Public decision-making tends also to be dominated by men and their interests. Development programs for pasture management and improvement need to bear in mind the challenges posed by (i) differences between formal and customary regimes, with the de facto prevalence of the latter, (ii) view of ownership and use rights as being issues for men, and (iii) the problems of having bona fide women representation in public decision-making. This is a particular challenge insofar as external development initiatives must necessarily go through and/or establish formal mechanisms. At a minimum, they need to mandate women's participation in decision-making entities for natural resources management and planning of improvements, as well as informal adjudication in the event of conflict." en_US
dc.subject pastoralism en_US
dc.subject women en_US
dc.subject community en_US
dc.subject institutions en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.title Women and Pastures in the Kyrgyz Republic on a Case Study of Chong Alai Valley en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Former Soviet Union en_US
dc.coverage.country Kyrgyzstan en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 14-18, 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Cheltenham, England en_US

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