Mainstreaming gender: a workable approach
In this project, Both ENDS and partner organisations AMICHOCÓ in Colombia, ANCE in Togo and BARCIK in Bangladesh jointly set out to test a practical approach to mainstream gender in their work on natural resources management, each in its specific context and based on its specific ambition. The tailored step-by-step process allows for an in-depth analysis of the gender relations in their focus area, close cooperation with gender experts and women’s organisations, and for learning-by-doing.
Gender equity is a fundamental human right and a matter of social justice. It is also essential for the sustainable use and management of natural resources. Women are the guardians of biodiversity world-wide. They form the majority of small-scale farmers and are largely responsible for food security and water supply for their families and communities. Therefore, women are most intensively involved and knowledgeable about the natural resources on which they depend. However, formal control over these resources is mostly vested in the hands of men or male dominated institutions.
With the project, Both ENDS and the partner organisations aim to increase their insight in the role of gender in natural resources management and poverty alleviation, build their capacities to address gender inequality in a practical way, and increase cooperation between environment and development NGOs, gender experts and women’s organisations.
In the end, Both ENDS and partners envisage that the approach can be used by other CSOs working on environmental and development issues.
ROLE OF BOTH ENDS
Both ENDS seeks to address gender in a practical and feasible way, focusing on joint capacity building (methods), documenting and disseminating information of initiatives where gender issues are successfully integrated, and developing pilot activities. In this project, Both ENDS provides the methodology and takes up a coordinating role ensuring progress, providing back-stopping support and facilitating exchange and shared learning.
BOTH ENDS CONTACTPERSONS
We invite all readers to provide your feedback on the final paper and the tested approach, as well as your suggestions and ideas to continue working (together) on enhancing gender equality in access and control over natural resources.