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Gender and Vulnerable Populations in Benefit Sharing: An Exploration of Conceptual and Contextual Points

  • FATIMA ALVAREZ-CASTILLO, JULIE COOK LUCAS and ROSA CORDILLERA CASTILLO
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Vulnerable populations have been defined as those who face a significant probability of incurring an identifiable harm while substantially lacking ability and/or means to protect themselves. Vulnerabilities within population groups can be differentiated by factors that determine the different probabilities of incurring identifiable harms (risks) people face and the means available to them to protect themselves (their protective capacity). Among these factors is gender.

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This paper was prepared for GenBenefit, a research project funded by the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme, but reflects only the authors’ views. We are grateful to all the members of the wider GenBenefit group for input into this discussion. The comments of Doris Schroeder on the drafts are gratefully acknowledged.

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