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Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme – gender approach

About the SWM


The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme is a major international initiative that aims to improve wildlife conservation and food security. The program aims to develop innovative, collaborative, and scalable new approaches to conserve wild animals and protect ecosystems, whilst at the same time improving the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and rural communities who depend on these resources.


6 ways to ensure gender equality and empowerment of women


Women and girls play a critical role in natural resources and livelihood management. However, they may have unequal access to land and forest rights, use of and control over natural resources and services, and leadership and decision-making processes.

It is therefore crucial to take into account the needs, priorities, knowledge, perceptions, and skills of women and men to ensure that both are equally and actively involved in decision-making processes and community-wildlife management initiatives.

This brochure explains the SWM Programme’s gender approach by highlighting six key steps to follow to ensure gender equality and empowerment of women and includes quotes from Congo, Gabon, Guyana, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, and Zimbabwe:


  1. Conduct gender analyses, community, and household assessments
  2. Collect sex-disaggregated data
  3. Organize training, capacity development initiatives, and awareness-raising campaigns
  4. Develop specific activities to empower women
  5. Formulate and use gender-sensitive indicators
  6. Document and disseminate good practices

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Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Language: English, French

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Forests

Location(s): Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, Guayana, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Zimbabwe

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