Gender and Sustainable Mountain
Development in a Changing World

International Conference
Thimphu, Bhutan
15-19 October 2012


The conference will bring together stakeholders from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and beyond to:

  • Set new agendas and strategise the way forward for gender-positive change and responsive research, policies, and institutions in a changing world
  • Share new and state-of-the-art knowledge and best practices on gender and natural resource management
  • Focus on equitable and inclusive ways of integrating gender analysis, methodologies, and best practices into sustainable mountain development
  • Take critical stock of the fragmentation, successes, and challenges of gender ‘mainstreaming’ efforts
  • Strategise ways to address lack of traction and unequal power relations
  • Share innovative adaptation strategies, approaches, and methods and the ways in which women and men are negotiating their own futures in culturally specific mountain contexts

Often, women are most affected by multiple drivers of change owing to socially constructed norms and practices such as limited ownership and access to resources, multiple roles and responsibilities, skewed gender divisions of labour, and exclusion from decision and policy making processes.