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Forests provide the source and means of survival for millions of people. Though historically their contribution has often been 'invisible', indigenous and peasant women with an intimate knowledge of the forest have been its principal caretakers and guardians. The encroachment of global commerce and 'development' projects into the forests - plantations, oil exploitation, logging, mining, shrimp farming, dams - have not only destroyed nature but also distorted forest peoples’ ancestral relationships with each other, and with the forest. Women have been doubly impacted: deprived of their traditional link with the forests and subjected to a patriarchal society model. This book aims to generate awareness of these issues to support women struggling to defend the forest and their positive role in forest conservation.
ISBN 9974-7920-2-9 110 pages Paperback binding Published by World Rainforest Movement