Many interventions in the environment sector have given women a role in projects in the hope that this would assist the project as well as benefiting women themselves. But across a whole range of sectors, outcomes have often been disappointing and sometimes even damaging to women.
Women have often been treated, in effect, as a source of cheap labour, and have been sidelined in the management of projects. This study looks at the reasons why this has happened, blaming it on a flawed conceptualisation of gender relations that ignores the differing interests of men and women. Recommendations on how women’s interests can be better safeguarded are proposed.