Accepted Paper:

The exclusion of gendered perspective of indigenous knowledge of forest and environment in Northeast India  


Lianboi Vaiphei (Indraprastha College for Women)

Paper short abstract:

The paper is based on multi pronged approach to understand the exclusion of the gendered perspective through the perspective of ecofeminism to understand the exclusion of not only the gendered knowledge but also of women in the public discourse in Northeast India.

Paper long abstract:

Woman has a deep intrinsic relations with forest and its environment as they are seen closer to nature, in particular the indigenous women with forest, as they gather food, fuel, fodder, leaves and water for their family while man are seen as being closer to culture according to patriarchal thinking. The traditional indigenous women in Northeast India are no exceptions to this rule as forest intersect the important areas of ecology, economy and traditions. Among the environment issues, the forest particularly is seen as embodying a feminine life-conserving principle as a diverse and self-reproducing system, shared as a commons by a diversity of social groups. The coming of colonialism and modernity has created a gendered public space in which women became vulnerable to exploitation and has relegated at the background along with the knowledge that they possess and it is in the body of women much of the discord of modernity and traditions take place. There is a vacuum in the knowledge of Ecofeminism in Northeast India, which this paper seeks to analyse the reason for its exclusion. The paper seeks to analyse the gendered knowledge of women in forest and environment in Northeast India and its linkage with the exclusion from the system of modern science of knowledge which has become a patriarchal project and the need for an inclusive policy to address the marginalization as well as the exclusion of the women and the indigenous gendered knowledge of in the public domain of knowledge.

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