Despite the Indian government’s clear efforts to move towards gender equality, the actual status and lived experiences of men and women are far from equal. Two particular manifestations of this inequality are the divided and hierarchical labor roles that Indian men and women assume, as well as the unequal property rights afforded to men and women.
In this presentation, I hope to show that these distinctions contribute to differing and gendered views of forest conservation and management. I will first outline the differences between forestry practices of men and women and the reasons behind these differences. Then, I will compare the environmental consequences of both. Finally, I will describe agroforestry as a potential compromise that both addresses environmental concerns and in some ways alleviates social/economic inequality between men and women.
Megan McElhaney, ’13
Majors: Environmental Studies, Studio Art
Sponsor: Rhawn Denniston