Women’s empowerment in pastoral societies

The report “Women’s empowerment in pastoral societies” (2008, 137pp) published by the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism“ (WISP) reviews hundreds of reports and publications across the globe that include aspects of gender relations within a pastoral, herding or livestock-based context. From these, case studies were selected to form a picture of women’s empowerment (both that gained by women themselves and that supported by external actors). Most examples are from nomadic or transhumant groups, and several are from Eastern Africa. The lessons learnt and good practices are presented with a note of caution that, in view of the large differences in cultures and situations of pastoralists in the world, readers should be aware of the need for incorporation of local understandings and contextual adaptations.

Posted on 27 April 2017 in Pastoralism & Gender