Why Gender Matters in IWRM: A tutorial for water managers

Seven years ago, Cap-Net UNDP and GWA posed the question “Why should gender matter to water managers?” We attempted to provide some initial answers to this question by producing a selflearning tutorial aimed at water professionals that would demonstrate the benefits of including gender considerations in water management planning and practices. It intended to show how addressing gender would improve efficiency of water use and environmental sustainability. We were, and still are convinced that a gender approach brings significant social benefits and improves equity in use of water resources.

After seven years, the ‘Tutorial for Gender Mainstreaming in Water Management’ is due an update. We never travelled without at least 50 copies of the interactive CD version of the tutorial in our suitcases, and to date we have distributed about 7000 hard copies worldwide. The number of downloads of the full document is even higher.

This new edition does not differ in its gender approach, but is updated with new developments, new insights and recently developed processes. Like the previous version, the chapters deal with different gender and water themes, explaining why smart water managers should mainstream gender in their work. But in this version, the ‘how’ question is addressed more thoroughly, as we have included various tools, case studies, and references to useful websites and literature on promising practices, as well as
examples of evidence of impact.

We have included a quick guide at the beginning of the tutorial, for ease of reference for users. We hope that technical water managers in particular find this tutorial helpful, but others will benefit from its contents as well.

A group of high-level gender and water experts were involved in writing and screening the text and selecting photographs. GWA and Cap-Net guarantee its suitability for technical water managers, who aim for their work to benefit people of different backgrounds: poor and better off; rural and urban; majorities and minorities; differently abled and vulnerable women, children and men.

This tutorial is available in English and can be downloaded four types of resolution. An interactive version will be available on the website soon.

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Why Gender Matters – A Tutorial for Water Managers (English)

Addressing gender and water together seeks to ensure that the contributions of both men and women are recognised. To manage water effectively and sustainably, it is important to understand the different roles of men and women and to target action appropriately. Re-examining how women and men manage water will allow us to:

  • Share benefits from use of water
  • Make progress towards more sustainable use of water; and
  • Maximize social and economic benefit from sustainable use of water.

This becomes increasingly urgent in a situation where water is becoming scarcer and competition between users is growing.

We are willing to upload other language versions if you have translated the material. An interactive version of the tutorial is available on CD together with a collection of useful reference documents and will be sent upon request to Cap-Net.

All the training materials are available in English and Spanish

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IWRM Tutorial (English)

This introductory tutorial on IWRM is aimed at policy makers, water managers, trainers and educators who want a basic understanding of IWRM principles. It provides the case for IWRM and the arguments against those who may oppose it on institutional or sectoral grounds.

We are willing to upload other language versions if you have translated the material. The interactive tutorial can be accessed from the Cap-Net home page and is also available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese.

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