The Impact of Gender-Blindness on Social-Ecological Resilience: The Case of a Communal Pasture in the Highlands of Ethiopia

dc.contributor.authorAregu, Lemlem
dc.contributor.authorTegegne, Azage
dc.contributor.authorHoekstra, Dirk
dc.contributor.authorWurzinger, Maria
dc.coverage.countryEthiopiaen_US
dc.coverage.regionAfricaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-09T20:53:35Z
dc.date.available2017-01-09T20:53:35Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.description.abstract"We studied how the failure to take into account gendered roles in the management of a communal pasture can affect the resilience of this social-ecological system. Data were collected using qualitative methods, including focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, and participant observations from one community in the highlands of Ethiopia. The results show that women are excluded from the informal institution that defines the access and use rules which guide the management of the communal pasture. Consequently, women’s knowledge, preferences, and needs are not taken into account. This negatively affects the resilience of the communal pasture in two ways. Firstly, the exclusion of women’s knowledge leads to future adaptation options being overlooked. Secondly, as a result of the failure to address women’s needs, they start to question the legitimacy of the informal institution. The case study thus shows how excluding women, i.e., side-lining their knowledge and needs, weakens social learning and the adaptiveness of the management rules. Being blind to gender-related issues may thus undermine the resilience of a social-ecological system."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalAmbioen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthDecemberen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumberS3en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages287-296en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume45en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/10235
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectlivestocken_US
dc.subjectmanagementen_US
dc.subjectnatural resourcesen_US
dc.subjectresource managementen_US
dc.subjectsocial structureen_US
dc.subject.sectorGrazingen_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.titleThe Impact of Gender-Blindness on Social-Ecological Resilience: The Case of a Communal Pasture in the Highlands of Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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