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Volume 9, Issue 4


Women as Drivers for a Sustainable and Social Inclusive Development in Mountain Regions – The Case of the Austrian Alps

Theresia Oedl-Wieser
Published Online: 2018-01-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0045


Women in mountain regions play an important role regarding the agricultural production and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Furthermore, they are active in climate change adaption and preservation of biodiversity. Despite these important activities and performances the vital role of women for a sustainable and social inclusive development in mountain regions is often invisible and not appreciated enough in society. There still exists structural discrimination of women which is caused by patriarchal societies, social and cultural norms as well as difficult economic situations. Considering the need to foster the dynamic and sustainable development of mountain regions all over the world, it is of paramount importance to reflect and integrate women’s issues, problems and needs to a larger extent in research, public policy and in worldwide decision-making agendas.

Keywords: Women; Gender; Inequality; Mountain Regions; Agriculture; Diversification; Food Supply


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Published Online: 2018-01-13

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: European Countryside, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 808–821, ISSN (Online) 1803-8417, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0045.

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