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Research Report

Women, men and forest research: A review of approaches, resources and methods for addressing gender

Carol J. Pierce Colfer
Rebakah Daro Minarchek
Copyright Date: Jan. 1, 2012
Pages: 46
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 1-4)

    There is little point in reiterating the importance of gender in forests. We have all heard how ‘women hold up half the sky’ (though we’ve heard less about exactly how this is done by either sex). We have heard of the disadvantages that accrue to forest women (though less about the symbolic, relational and structural elements that keep such disadvantages in place). We have heard of forest women’s important roles in reproduction (both physical and social), population growth and health (though less about men’s roles in these spheres). And we’ve learned increasingly of the productive roles and forest-related knowledge of...

  2. (pp. 5-24)

    Part 2 comprises four sections: the first (2.1) introduces some general purpose methods that can be applied within almost any conceptual framework or approach. Section 2.2 reviews methods for those with few resources (time, money, expertise); Section 2.3 reviews more ‘academic’ methods for those with access to more resources; and Section 2.4 looks at methods for participatory approaches (our recommendation, whenever the needed longer term resources are available).

    In selecting among these approaches and methods, four general considerations are important to bear in mind. First, we need to consider who controls the research questions, process and findings. There will be...

  3. (pp. 25-26)

    In this article, we have attempted to respond to a need expressed by many involved in forest-related endeavours: while there has been widespread and growing recognition of the importance of addressing the concerns, needs and goals of both women and men, there remains considerable uncertainty about how to go about it. Here we have divided the methodological options we have discovered in our review into four categories (Section 2) in recognition of the differing resources people may have available to them (along with differing information needs/goals). We note the likelihood that many will have sufficient resources available for only the...