Sustaining women whilst sustaining the land?: Engendering ecotimber production in the Solomon Islands
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The author argues that because women's activities often involve a deep knowledge of resource management, women should play an important role in every environmental project. The article uses an example of the involvement of women in the Solomon Western Islands Fair Trade (SWIFT). This example serves to support the position that women due to their role, responsibilities, and interests should be involved with environmental projects. In order to improve women's involvement, the author recommends 1- greater access to information and training on what SWIFT is and how it can benefit women. 2- Changing men's attitudes with gender mix discussions. The aim is to achieve shared decision-making, responsibilities, and economic gains. 3- Consulting women in how projects affect their lives. Based on projects where women play minor roles, the article advocates for an engendered approach to environmental projects in general and forest projects (eco-timber) in particular.