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This short course aims to contribute to a general common understanding of the terminology, core principles of and approaches to gender mainstreaming used in water projects in developing countries. It is designed as a support to the Water Project Toolkit (EC, 2011) under the transversal theme of ‘gender and water management’, which is present throughout the toolkit. More precisely, this training course will:

-          Explain the concepts of gender, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis

-          Provide information and knowledge about gender and how it impacts development

-          Strengthen readers’ skills in gender analysis and mainstreaming

-          Illustrate women’s issues regarding agriculture and their access to water supply and sanitation (WS&S) services and give some practical measures to overcome these issues

-          Describe the positive impacts of involving women in water management.

The promotion of gender equality is a sine qua non for achieving all development goals. In both rural and urban environments of developing countries, much time and energy is spent by women and girls in water-hauling, leaving them with less time to spend on other family or economic activities. Consequently, water resource management is an important factor in determining women’s availability to participate in these activities. Gender implications need to be considered at all stages of the planning and implementation of water-related activities, giving consideration to the different social, economic and cultural roles assigned to both men and women. Gender implications of proposed interventions have to be considered, and female users and beneficiaries of services should participate in defining those implications. Given the power and responsibility structures that exist within families and communities in many parts of the developing world, a targeted effort is often required to enable females to take a meaningful role in the consultation and decision-making process relating to water and waste disposal.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

-          Define and understand what gender, gender mainstreaming and gender analysis are;

-          Ask the right questions regarding gender implications while planning your water project in all phases of the Project Cycle Management;

-          Better understand the positive impacts of female participation in water management projects;

-          Have an overview of barriers to female participation in water management projects;

-          Better understand the implications of involving gender issues in the programming, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of your water project.

Who can benefit from this course?

The course is addressed to post-graduate students, government staff, donor agencies, NGOs and anyone interested in the water sector who is willing to acquire the basic knowledge, attitude and skills necessary for gender mainstreaming in water projects in developing countries. 


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