Closing the gender gap in forest governance in Cambodia
“Men should be involved too,” says Vong. “Having only women participate will not get us sustainable solutions because it is mostly men who are currently in leadership positions in the forestry sector of Cambodia. Therefore, men have a crucial role to play as allies.”
Training workshops for building women’s confidence and skills in forest management are important, but so too is recognizing the power dynamics that disadvantage women, Vong says.
“If they list the activities that need to be done to manage the forest, there are so many that women can do,” says Vong. “It’s not just about protection or cracking down on illegal logging.”
“I am grateful for the progress,” Vong says. “In the past 30 years of working at the Forestry Administration, I have witnessed improvement in gender equity. I am confident and can see the path clearer with the five-year strategy for 2021-2025 in place.”
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