Forestry advocacy
Forestry advocacy

Women in the forestry sector have been urged to build their capacities to give them a better poise to take up more challenging responsibilities in the timber and wood value chain.

Ms. Doreen Asumang-Yeboah, Networking and Advocacy Expert at Tropenbos Ghana, who made the call said women should be well-equipped and strive to perform tasks hitherto considered traditionally as male preserves in the timber industry.

Speaking at a refresher training workshop for women in the forestry industry at Akyawkrom, she urged women in the sector not to relent in efforts at climbing into the so-called “male domain” in the timber value chain.

The workshop, which aimed at updating the women on legal and policy framework on gender and natural resources, attracted participants from the government, CSOs and the media.

It was organised by the Forestry Commission (FC), in collaboration with Client Earth, a CSO in forestry management, and Taylor Crabbe Initiative, with funding from the UKaid.

Topics discussed included; legal regimes for the management of forest resources in Ghana, occupational health and safety, gender segregation along the value chain and the roles of civil society organisations in the forestry sector.

Ms. Asumang- Yeboah, stressed the need for CSOs in the forestry sector to intensify awareness on the importance of gender mainstreaming and provide women with training to develop their skills and capabilities.

This would support and equip women to act collectively in addressing some of the challenges facing them in the industry.

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