The Chipko Movement in the Uttarakhand region of
the Himalayas is often treated as a women's movement to protect the forest
ecology of the Uttarakhand from the axes of the contractors. But the reasons
behind women's participation are more economic than ecological. In fact, the
economic and ecological interests of Uttarakhand are so interwoven that it is
difficult to promote one without promoting other. In this paper an attempt
would be made to explain the reasons behind women's active participation in the
Movement and their place within the movement.