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The Chipko movement and women

The Chipko Movement in the Uttarakhand region of the Himalayas is often treated as a women’s movement to protect the forest ecology of the Uttarakhand from the axes of the contractors. But the reasons behind women’s participation are more economic than ecological. In fact, the economic and ecological interests of Uttarakhand are so interwoven that it is difficult to promote one without promoting other. In this paper an attempt would be made to explain the reasons behind women’s active participation in the Movement and their place within the Movement. [more]