Women’s organisations are masters in fostering empowerment, especially of women at local level. If we than consider that: women and their organisations themselves get not even 1 % of the total development budget… Maybe we have found an easy way to accelerate the development process.
Gender indicators for women’s empowerment strategies in water and food security by Alice M. Bouman-Dentener
Gender indicatorsfor women’s empowerment strategies in water and food security Drs. Alice M. Bouman-Dentener President Women for Water Partnership
Indicators are (CIDA 1997):Criteria are measures against which changescan be assessed.They may be pointers, facts, numbers, opinionsor perceptions –used to signify changes in specific conditionsor progress towards particular objectives.
Presentation outline:1.Women for Water Partnership: • Who are we? • What conditions we want to change? • Objectives2.AMCOW gender mainstreaming strategy: • How does WfWP relate to strategy? • What is our specific niche in implementing the strategy? • Examples of our African members3.Indicators to measure women’sempowerment strategies in water & foodsecurity
Global Women’s Civil Society Network 24 member organisations 90 countries
Women’s Major Group of UNCED Agenda 21uniting to achieve access to water and adequate sanitation for all
Water and women’s empowerment: mutually supportive Water empowers women Empowered women become effective agents of change
Dublin principles for IWRM2. Development & management of water should be based on a participatoryapproach, involving users, planners and policymakers at the lowest appropriate level. 3. Women play a central role in the supply, management and safeguarding of water.
How can AMCOW gendermainstreaming strategyhelp?
Aspects of AMCOW gender policy:1.Institutional strengthening for gendermainstreaming2.Strengthen partnerships3.Enhance sensitization at all levels4.Recommended actions forimplementation and achievements ofAMCOW gender commitments
Institutional level a. legal and policy frameworks b. institutional mechanisms