Environmental Public Hearings, Intersectionality and Women’s Voices: Criticalities and Scrutiny from Gujarat, India

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Abstract

This article applies an intersectionality framework to the Indian statutory institutional environmental public hearing (EPH) process that seeks to promote environmental justice. Intersectionality provides a framework to better understand the processes of gender marginalisation and exclusion. The article critically analyses how the required gender participation in the regulatory EPH process is failing rural women in the State of Gujarat, India, thereby exacerbating discrimination, exclusion and inequality. Looking into the “why” through the framework of intersectionality, the authors using their quantitative and qualitative data create an evidence-based “fresh dossier” reflecting the absent or limited participatory involvement of women as valuable stakeholders in the institutionalised EPH process. The evidence of lived experiences creates space for women’s voices that are excluded within the societal system due to exclusivity of dominant powers and institutional structures. The authors support a corrective gendered framework that combines recognition with participation of rural women’s local knowledge and role as crucial stakeholders thereby promoting environmental justice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Law and Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Nov 2023

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