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Women, Childern and Well-being in the Mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Gurung, Jeannette
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 50
Page(s): 12-19
Date: 1999
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8411
Sector: Forestry
Social Organization
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): women
mountain regions
indigenous knowledge
social organization
forest management
Abstract: "Mountain people rank among the most deprived sectors of the world's population, and yet it is well recognized that their stewardship of mountain natural resources is closely linked to the sustainability of life in lowland areas. What has received less attention, however, is the dominant role that women in these mountain areas play in natural resource management, agricultural production and the well-being and very survival of mountain families, including children. In mountain regions, as in the rest of the world, women, as a class, are more undernourished, more undercompensated for their labour and more underrepresented in formal decision-making bodies than men. The only measure in which women collectively come out 'ahead' is life span; those who endure seem to be hardy (although in Nepal women's lives are shorter than men's)."

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