Brief

Gender-Based Violence in the Natural Resource Sector in Zambia

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The natural resource space is a growing economic sector in many developing countries, but it remains largely male dominated. Women’s participation in natural resource governance and enforcement can lead to improved conservation and socioeconomic outcomes, yet women’s engagement in these male-dominated spaces can lead to multiple forms of GBV. In the wildlife sector in Zambia, women and girls are frequently exposed to physical, psychological, economic, and sexual violence when accessing and using resources

This brief supports the growing evidence base around this link, highlighting multiple forms of GBV faced by women in natural resource governance committees and wildlife enforcement career pathways in Zambia. The goal of this brief is to raise awareness of GBV risks within the sector and identify mitigation responses by governments, civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, and communities.

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