Gender considerations are a central component that can determine the success of any forest initiative. Hence forth, when discussing REDD+ there is an urgent need to recognize that forest governance has two different, but complementary faces: those of women and men.
Although both are equal stakeholders with unique characteristics and differentiated needs, women’s voices in forest governance around the world are sorely lacking. If the role of women were to be considered, the livelihoods of societies dependent on the forests could be drastically improved.
Those that are Pro-REDD, argue that if women’s rights are fully recognised in this process, society will benefit considerably through the implementation of REDD+ initiatives and that it will be a driver towards forest conservation and sustainability.
Those against REDD+, argue that in its current form, it will contribute to a global land grab that will affect women even more adversely and they denounce REDD+ as just another false hope.
The international community is divided on this issue. Make up your own mind and let the REDD HOT Gender Debate add some spice to your Congress.