Gender is a cross-cutting theme in FPP’s work on securing land and territorial rights for indigenous and forest peoples, and we seek to ensure gender considerations are integral to our work. Our work is at the community level and involves many different customary systems and therefore gender relations and norms look very different in the diverse places in which we work. Our aim is to foster a safe, participatory and inclusive environment for women and men to consider, discuss and determine (separately or together, as appropriate) the rules in their own community, on the basis of a broad human rights framework. The way gender norms evolve in different customary systems may vary across our work, but this community led approach ensures that it is grounded, culturally-appropriate and owned by the communities and peoples with whom we are working.
Critical gender questions arise in our work. These include the interplay between collective and individual property rights and the different and evolving roles of men and women in holding, managing, adapting and inheriting land and natural resources. The transmission of often different cultural knowledge from men and women elders is also a key consideration, along with the gender dimensions of participation and representation. Fostering and supporting indigenous women’s leadership, and promoting experience sharing between indigenous women from different countries, is often a critical element.
In addition to our work on gender at the community level, FPP facilitates the role of women in legal reform at the local, national and international level, with a view to creating legislation that is inclusive of the concerns and needs of both men and women.