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International conference on matriarchy and mountains

On 13 and 14 December 2003 the Centro Multipolare per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (multipolar centre for sustainable development) in Sardagna/I organised the 5th International Mountain Conference, with the theme of "Matriarchy and Mountains".
Half the mountain communities in the alpine region are at risk from depopulation. Survival depends heavily on the non-remunerated work of many women who thus contribute significantly to the preservation of the traditional culture and to current development processes in these mountain regions. And yet they are often sidelined in scientific discussions and decisions on future developments.
The conference fielded papers on the following topics: women and voluntary work - an international comparison (Tibet and Afghanistan); women and mountain sports; feminine symbols, excavations and archaeology; Nature and the Feminine; perception, duty and suffering in high-altitude regions; housewife or gainful employment? new forms of rural tourism; women farmers, entrepreneurs and guardians of the past.
Information: www.centromultipolare.it (it)