By Gender Working Group, Betsy McGregor, Geoffrey Oldham
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Progress to be reported through UNCSTD Secretariat. Up to TAKING ACTION 4 23 10 of the most relevant agencies should be active participants in the NGO consortium by September 1996. Recommendation 8 The Gender Working Group recommends the establishment of an Advisory Board on Gender to the UNCSTD for 4 years to ensure that gender issues are adequately addressed in all future deliberations of the UNCSTD. The Advisory Board should consist of seven international gender experts, appointed by the Secretary General.
1 This invisibility is not surprising, given that the importance of women's work is often unrecognized in their own households. Jacobson cites a study by Joke Schrijvers of the Mahaweli River Development Scheme in Sri Lanka. Although women had as many agricultural responsibilities as men, far more domestic duties, and worked longer hours, men's beliefs that "women work less hard ... [were] so dominant that they seemfed] to blur observed reality" (Jacobson 1992, p. 17). This misperception of the scale and importance of women's work, including their use of natural resources, has been broadly shared by development planners and policy analysts.
In the 1970s, commercial meat production, for urban markets and for export, was introduced to protect the rangelands from overgrazing and to increase the cash incomes of men in nomadic communities. The new approach, which was supported by considerable scientific knowledge, was based on the American "cattle-ranching" model. This transformation, which took place over several years, quickly led nomadic populations to settle in rural villages, with livestock now kept in distant camps. From an ecological point of view, meat production has been a disaster.
Missing Links: Gender Equity in Science and Technology for Development by Gender Working Group, Betsy McGregor, Geoffrey Oldham