The last-remaining matriarchal society in China, the Mosuo of Yunnan Province are a culturally rich people who live by their own social institutions and unconventional gender roles. The Mosuo community upholds unique traditions, among them weaving, an important cultural skill symbolizing the ability to provide for the family. Constituting a small group with around 53,000 people in a country of 1.3 billion, or 0.04 percent of the population, their geographic isolation acts as a major hurdle to #development, especially with regards to access to markets for their products. Younger generations often see no economic benefits or employment opportunities in preserving their cultural inheritance, and are leaving for bigger cities in search of work. Assimilating into modern culture without compromising their cultural identity remains the Mosuo’s biggest challenge, and UNDP are working alongside partners on a ‘culture-in-development project’, to improve access of these people to world markets, creating new economic opportunities for the Mosuo and their children.
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