This chapter explains the different ways in which gender dynamics operate with regard to intangible cultural heritage. Learners explore how intangible cultural heritage is decisive in creating and transmitting gender roles and identities and therefore critical for gender equality. It is through intangible cultural heritage that communities pass on their values, norms and expectations related to gender and community members’ gender identities are shaped. Moreover, access to and participation in specific expressions of heritage are often determined by those gender norms. This relationship between intangible cultural heritage and gender identity is illustrated with examples.
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