The Empowerment of Indigenous Women: Traditional Knowledge, Sustainable Development and the Role of Culture
Burton, Dana I.
- Women of indigenous tribes all around the world have valuable information about the environment. However, in many cases, they lack the power to share that knowledge, even within their own village. The main research question of the thesis is: what is the connection between the knowledge that indigenous women possess about traditional agricultural practices and the effect of their empowerment on the... read moreaugmentation of sustainable development practices in agriculture? The clearest example of the significance of the role of indigenous women is in Ecuador. Ecuador is one of the most diverse biological and ecological regions of the world. Concerns about population growth and limited natural resources are causing uproar among the international community. Moreover, there is conflict over the control and use of those resources. The opinions between indigenous peoples, the government and the international community vary greatly; and these perspectives have much to learn from each other in order to reach a sustainable system. Therefore, this thesis will contribute to the cross-cultural awareness and understanding between the different stakeholders in Ecuador and in the world. The hypothesis is that the practice and preservation of traditional knowledge is contingent upon indigenous women; as they become more empowered in their community, the role and importance of traditional knowledge as a method to promote sustainability in agricultural will be maintained or increased. / /read less