On this year’s Women’s Day, the Forest Smallholders Project is highlighting the importance of gender equality in the small-scale forest sector. Gender equality is a crucial factor in creating a sustainable and equal future.
Through the Forest Smallholders Project, which is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), we analyse the challenges faced by women and identify ways to pursue gender equality in the sector.
To support this effort, we have released three products that outline the challenges and provide recommendations:
- The first is a briefing that describes the challenges and situation of women in Vietnam’s wood villages.
- The second is a story about the road to equal opportunities in Thailand’s forest sector, which highlights the importance of engaging women in tree planting and timber processing for sustainable livelihoods.
- Finally, there is a video that underscores the importance of gender equality in the small-scale forest sector.
Through the Forest Smallholders Project, we will continue to build the capacities of local stakeholders through customised coaching, training, and strengthening access to markets and networks. And we remain committed to raise awareness about gender and women’s economic empowerment among micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the forest sector.
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