08/12/2003 - 10/12/2003

The meeting discussed how to accommodate gender issues in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. To what extent does the intangible cultural heritage depend on gender-specific practices and transmission? Does recognition and encouragement of female transmitters of intangible heritage contribute to the empowerment of women in contemporary societies? Can the concept of gender equality always be compatible with the preservation of traditional cultures and lifeways? How can we accommodate gender issues in the field of intangible cultural heritage? Ten participants addressed these and other questions to find realistic and meaningful solutions, with a view to the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.