Workshop maps challenges, strategies and indicators for gender equity

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Professionals from different companies in the forest sector, representatives of third sector organizations and public bodies defined 16 priority challenges to achieve gender equity in the forest sector. The three main challenges mapped are those related to the patriarchal culture, the lack of policies and programs for gender equality and the lack of representation of women in leadership positions in the forest sector in general and in public positions.

The survey is the result of the first Workshop on Strategies for Gender Equity held by Rede Mulher Florestal in December. During six hours, spread over two days, the Education Work Group conducted the collective construction process that advanced the understanding of the challenges, strategies and indicators for gender equity in the forest sector. The objective is to launch a publication that will bring a compilation of the discussed points.

According to Bárbara Bomfim, coordinator of the WG Educação and director of Rede Mulher Florestal, this first action of the WG opened space to address concepts within the scope of gender equity, to understand how the theme fits within a broader perspective of promoting diversity and mapping.

From the lecture “Paths to gender equity” presented by Débora Thomé, professor at Columbia Women's Leadership Network and researcher associated with LabGen at Universidade Federal Fluminense with a focus on gender and access to spaces of power, representation, candidates and political ambition, it was It is possible to understand a little more about stereotypes, common challenges faced by women during their professional trajectories and consequences of the lack of female representation in leadership positions. “We need to change gears, transform companies. Women must take ownership of their own stories”, said Débora.

Examples of strategies and practices adopted to promote gender equity were presented by those associated with the Forestry Women Network TTG Brasil Investimentos Florestais, Ponsse Latin America Forest Machinery Industry, Brazilian Tree Industry – IBÁ in addition to the Partners for the Amazon Platform – PPA.

The result of this first workshop will facilitate the selection of priority paths for promoting gender equity in the forest sector. Future actions of the Network will be announced in early 2022 and should include workshops and training in the intersection of gender, inclusive leadership and female empowerment, aiming at a more diverse and equitable forest sector. “With this first workshop, we saw that (we women) we have many mountains to climb, but we have never been so alert and motivated to fulfill this mission”, concluded Barbara.

The organizing team of the Workshop was formed by Ana Euler, Ana Paula Teixeira, Bárbara Bomfim, Etienne Winagraski, Fernanda Rodrigues, Juliane Salapata and Joice Franciscatte, all volunteers and members of GT Educação.

About the Network

The Florestal Woman Network is a non-governmental, non-profit or party-linked organization and acts as an independent network created to promote the discussion of gender equity in the forest sector. It works in the form of a network, allowing women and men in the Brazilian forest sector to have their first contact, to expand, promote and/or share their knowledge on the gender issue.

To learn more, visit www.redemulherflorestal.org.