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A case of women traders in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
11 March 2021
Veena Vidyadharan & Janita Gurung
Organizers: CUTS International and ICIMOD
Women traders in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region who are involved in cross-border trade face various constraints such as inadequate institutional support, sub-optimal infrastructural facilities, natural calamities, and geo-political tensions. COVID-19 further aggravated the situation with travel restrictions, the closure of international borders, and shutdown of production units.
For women in mountain landscapes largely engaged in farming, harvesting forest produce, handicrafts, tourism-related services, and micro/nano enterprises, cross-border trade provides an important livelihood opportunity. Given this, CUTS International, in partnership with ICIMOD, is implementing an explorative study in four transboundary landscapes of the HKH region: Hindu Kush Karakoram Pamir Landscape (HKPL), Kailash Sacred Landscape (KSL), Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL), and the Far Eastern Himalaya. The study aims to understand women’s status in economic activities in these landscapes, their role in cross-border and regional trade, and factors limiting their entrepreneurial growth. Furthermore, it seeks to understand the enabling conditions required for their development as well as opportunities to enhance their resilience to constraints and vulnerabilities.
CUTS International and ICIMOD are co-organizing this webinar to present the preliminary findings of the study. The panelists will discuss how various shocks, including COVID-19, have impacted the lives of women traders in the mountain landscapes of the HKH, and deliberate possible measures to build resilience.
11 March 2021 | 10:00-13:00 (Indian Standard Time)
Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Janita Gurung, Programme Coordinator, Kailash Sacred Landscape, ICIMOD