AMBIO collaborates with the United States Forest Service in Mexico (USFS) with different activities, including the development of strategies for inclusion and gender equity in the mexican forest sector. As part of the joint work, AMBIO was one of the implementing partners interviewed for the “USFS IP Assessment and Mainstreaming for the Gender Strategy”.
The document identifies that forested ecosystems cover 31% of the world's land surface and 85 million people live in or around forests and savannas. In the case of Latin America, the population that inhabits these ecosystems amounts to 8 million, of which, 82% are rural people living in extreme poverty and who depend on income from forestry activities.
In Mexico, the gender gaps for the forestry sector are wide. According to data from the National Agrarian Registry, 53% of the country's surface corresponds to ejidos and communities, within which, 78.3% of ejidal positions belong to men, and only 21.3% correspond to women.
The assessment also identifies that 55% of women with 15 years and over in Mexico, do not have their own resources, coupled with the violence suffered by women in Mexico, where it is reported that 66 out of 100 women have experienced some kind of violence.
The document indicates that the national forest policy includes legal frameworks that promote the participation of women in environmental and forestry topics. However, it is necessary to break with the prevailing condition of discrimination and violence suffered by women, increase their access to resources and make decisions that allow integrating them as relevant actors to face the effects of climate change.
The document indicates that based on experience (including AMBIO´s experience), the following practices are identified as effective: participatory processes that allow including the gender perspective, generation of intersectionalities from the conception of projects, identification of secondary value chains for the use of timber and non-timber (with alternative products in which women can be inserted), establish institutional alliances and exchanges of experiences with a gender perspective, listen before, act horizontally, recover individual and collective knowledge, promote reflection, generate participatory planning exercises and include women in specific activities with economic valuation.
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