Women & pastoralism
The IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) Livestock Thematic Paper Women and pastoralism highlights the issues arising from the Global Gathering of Women Pastoralists in 2010, which brought together over 100 women from herding communities in over 30 countries to discuss the social, economic, political and ecological challenges faced by pastoralist women and girls. The gathering allowed exchange of experiences and learning to strengthen the role of women pastoralists in decision-making (including policymaking) and to identify opportunities for this. The 20-page thematic paper focuses on empowerment as a process for enabling pastoralist women to achieve better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. The paper aims to support development practitioners in planning specific interventions and mainstreaming issues that could affect pastoralist women during implementation of development interventions.