New cost-free reporting tool is a breakthrough for community monitoring June 23, 2023 A new system in Kenya allows community members to send real-time alerts of violations of women’s rights free of charge, further breaking down technology and financial barriers to citizen-led monitoring. Since 2022, RFUK has worked in Kenya with the Kenya Land Alliance … Read more

Using a gender-sensitive approach to shape meaningful participation in forest protection March 14, 2023 Following on from International Women’s Day, we want to continue shining a spotlight on the vital importance of ensuring women’s meaningful participation in rainforest protection initiatives. Women are key forest users with important roles in the agricultural industry and unique knowledge … Read more

#IWD 2023: Rural women at the heart of participatory forest resource management March 8, 2023 A guest Blog from our ForestLink partners: In Cameroon, the forestry sector plays an important role in the national economy, and provides a range of essential social and environmental functions for many local and indigenous communities. As a result, the sector also … Read more

A new chapter for community monitoring: women’s land rights in Kenya December 15, 2022 We are excited to announce RFUK’s partnership with TMG Think Tank and Kenya Land Alliance, along with their local partners Taita Taveta Human Rights Watch, Sauti ya wanawake, and Shibuye Community Health Workers, to launch a new project aimed at helping … Read more

Rural Women and Community Forest Monitoring: A Learning Experience May 9, 2022 A guest Blog from our ForestLink partners: Woman community leader and young community observer in the middle of a data collection session using CAT S31 phones equipped with the “Collectaur” application © ECODEV 2020 Forests provide a wide range of products and materials essential to … Read more

Perspectives on Gender and Equality from our Community Forests Project April 19, 2022 The ‘Community Forest’ model in DRC offers an unprecedented opportunity for communities there to legally secure, manage and protect their traditional forests. But to assure the delivery of equitable and sustainable outcomes, there is a need to ensure they are developed by … Read more

NGOs respond to the proposed weakening of the Post-2020 GBF March 16, 2022 RFUK and a group of environmental NGOs have written a letter to the Working Group of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, stating their deep concern over the planned weakening of the standards and principles of the Framework. Under a stated intention of … Read more

Celebrating women in leadership: experiences of women in the fight to protect the world’s rainforests March 8, 2021 RFUK has long understood that women have a central role to play in protecting and managing the world’s rainforests. They are the main providers of food, water and medicine to their families, who depend greatly on rainforests … Read more

Based on a literature review and field research with communities in Equateur province, this study provides an overview of gender inequalities in the context of community forestry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also puts forward recommendations for improving women’s participation in community forestry activities.