Gender mainstreaming in Water Management
This joint project of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture (CA) and Both ENDS (BE) set out to analyze why it proves so difficult to mainstream gender in water management, and to develop a minimum agenda that provides practical and realistic recommendations to practitioners, policy makers, researchers and gender specialists working in the field of water and agriculture to genuinely and effectively address gender differences and inequities in policy, research and in the field.
An important concern that the project addresses is the widely felt gap between ‘paper’ recognition of gender issues in water management in policies and projects, and (1) the lack of real on-the-ground efforts to effectively address gender differences and inequities in water and (2) the absence of meaningful integration of gender questions in mainstream water analyses and discussions.
Gender remains very much a side-issue or an after-thought and is not, as yet, seen as belonging to the core of the water management profession. An important part of the project, therefore, consists of further substantiating and explaining this gap in an effort to identify ways of improving gender mainstreaming in water management in the future.
ROLE OF BOTH ENDS
For Both ENDS and its network of partners it is urgent to identify the real needs of women and understand practical approaches to mainstream gender in local water management initiatives. In this project, Both ENDS facilitates surveys, online discussions and shared discussions and learning. The cooperation with bot gender experts and academics is challenging and interesting.