India: Gender in a Forest Rights Project in Jharkhand
This case study identifies good practices and lessons learned about including gender in a project designed to assist communities and individuals to secure their rights to forests.
The three-year project was launched in April 2012. It was funded by Oxfam India and implemented by Nawa Sayera Vikas Kendra (NSVK), a Jharkhand, India-based NGO that strengthens the rights of communities. The project used a three-pronged approach of institution building, advocacy and networking, and knowledge building to increase forest dwellers’ access to and control over forests under the Forest Rights Act 2006 (FRA), focusing on women, tribal, and scheduled caste communi-
ties. The project had three components: (1) awareness raising, (2) community-level forest rights committee formation, and (3) support for individual and community forest rights applications. All three components prioritized women’s inclusion.