Disruptive discussions progress inclusivenes

Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

To ensure an inclusive approach to future water resources management, traditional thinking needs to change to include women and empower their voice in decision making.

When women are present, their voices may not be heard or may not be valued, even though they play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water. To advance women’s participation in water and river management it is crucial to bridge the existing knowledge-governance gap and this requires a paradigm shift.

Earlier this year, the TERI School of Advanced Studies and ICE WaRM, delivered a Management Development Programme in Guwahati, which introduced a new understanding of development with respect to gender equity and water management and also explored the importance of mainstreaming gender in water policy and planning.

The programme begins with an open discussion on the social construct of man and woman. This is designed to challenge current thinking and explore the issues and opportunities of more inclusive decision making and empower leaders.

The sessions continue with a focus on the gender-based nature of access to water resources and the asymmetric burden on the household female members for securing the same for domestic purpose. The discussion also sheds light on the gender bias of the technology in water sector and the need for development of various indicators to capture the effort required on part of women to secure water resources.

“There is no greater challenge in water resources management than addressing inclusion and empowering the voice of everyone at the decision making table,” said ICE WaRM Managing Director, Darryl Day.

The next programme, Management Development Programme on Gender, Equity and Water Management, will be held in Hyderabad, India on 22-23 August. To register for this programme or find out more, visit http://www.terisas.ac.in/gender/

What will you gain?
This programme aims to build capacities of participants with respect to gender equity by suggesting practical strategies to enable them to work for sustainable and gender sensitive management of water resources. The overall objective is to better inform participants and motivate them to make changes within their overall sphere of influence as well as to emerge as stronger advocates for gender equity at a personal level.