Women of the Gobi

(27 min) Over time a traditional way of life based on semi-nomadic herding; well suited to the arid environment evolved here. This way of life has continued to the present and for many people in the Gobi remains the basis of their social and economic lives. Since the collapse of communism, the people of the Gobi have had to be more self-reliant and the women have emerged as leaders of new communities called Nukhaluls. The communities' accomplishments are inspiring others, spreading a grass roots democratic movement that is pioneering people-centered conservation, helping to ensure a sustainable future for the land and the people and empowering women to replace failed state social services.