Teaching module: Gendered knowledge

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Blacksburg, VA: Women in International Development Program, Office of International Research, Education and Development, Virginia Tech


This module is designed to help readers develop an understanding of the concept of gendered knowledge and its relevance within the study of gender, conservation, and the environment. The suggested readings provide information on: how women's knowledge differs from men's knowledge; the processes that contribute to the acquisition, use, and communication of knowledge; and criticisms of an overemphasis on women's knowledge within the development discourse and development programs. Readers should be able to identify the main constraints women face in accumulating and articulating their knowledge, how women's knowledge contributes to biodiversity conservation, and criticisms and suggestions for approaches to involve women's knowledge in development programs.



Local knowledge, Women, Gender, Biodiversity conservation, Knowledge, Communication, Farm/Enterprise Scale