Women in Forestry
March 9, 2021 at
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is a non-profit organization committed to promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
Gender equality has long been a human right. Yet globally, women still have fewer opportunities for economic participation than men and receive lower wages than men.
To overcome challenges in achieving gender equality in the forest sector, FSC goes further to include important social aspects in the standard including addressing gender inequality in forestry. Examples include:
- Offer job opportunities under the same conditions regardless of gender
- Actively promote gender equity in employment practices, training opportunities, awarding of contracts, process of engagement and management activities
- Implement confidential and effective mechanisms for reporting and eliminating cases of sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender, marital status, parenthood, sexual orientation or religion
- Ensure a safe working environment for employees, contractors and sub-contractors
In 2019, FSC Canada’s launched a new forest management standard which addresses the most pressing issues facing Canadian forests now, including Woodland Caribou, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Landscape Management and Workers’ Rights including Gender Equity.
Learn more at www.ca.fsc.org