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February 2003
Gender & IWRM

From 8 - 15 February 2003, a week of regional training of trainers on Gender Mainstreaming in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As part of the Training and Capacity Building initiatives of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) and in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Universiti Putra Malaysia, this regional training aimed to enable organizations and institutions to develop their own capacity in the application of gender mainstreaming tools and methods. The devastation wrought on millions makes promoting the optimum involvement of all sections of society - women and men, rich and poor, in decisions about how to sustain our precious water resources a crucial factor.

This GWA training of trainers aimed to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills required to design and conduct practical training courses in mainstreaming gender into integrated water resources management (IWRM) - a process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources, in order to maximize the resultant economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems.

Designed with seven modules, this regional training hoped to achieve the following specific objectives;

  • Collectively review the participants' theoretical, conceptual and practical understanding of gender difference and inequality 
  • Discuss ways in which gender is significant in the context of IWRM and to answer the basic questions of what gender and IWRM are 
  • Understand the history of addressing women's and gender concerns in the context of IWRM and to discuss current gender-related international agreements and commitments 
  • Discuss strategies to promote gender equality within the staffing, organizational culture and working practices of water sector organizations and departments 
  • Identify and practice skills involved in planning, conducting, monitoring and evaluating effective gender training in the context of IWRM.

You may get additional information at the GWA website

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