UNESCO Global Geoparks & Women

Women from the Naturtejo Global Geopark, Portugal, celebrate their culture during a Geopark festival. © UNESCO/Patrick McKeever

UNESCO Global Geoparks have a strong emphasize on empowering women whether through focussed education programmes or through the development of women’s cooperatives. UNESCO Global Geoparks are a platform for the development, nurturing and promotion of local cottage industry and craft products. In some UNESCO Global Geoparks women’s cooperatives also provide an opportunity for women to obtain additional income in their own area and on their own terms. They can, for example, operate accommodation services for visitors.

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