Gender Strategy Discussion
1
Sara Ehrhardt
28 June 2014
Existing Network Activities
• GWP Network
already active on
gender
• 2009-13: 20 gender-
related activities
recorded
• 201...
Objective of GWP Gender Strategy
• Bring gender into the
mainstream of GWP's work
• Provide an overarching
framework for g...
Gender Strategy Process
• Last years CP held workshop to support developing this
strategy (5/13 regions)
• Consultation ac...
Gender Strategy Approach
A distinction has been made between:
• Gender mainstreaming policies and practice
• Creating an e...
Gender Equality and Equity
Equality: fully equal rights and
access for both genders
Equity: acknowledges
differences exist...
Gender equity in integrated water
resources management
Gender equity in the context of integrated and
sustainable manageme...
Gender Mainstreaming
• Include a gender
perspective into
operations, structures, and
programmes
• Aim to positively affect...
Gender and strategic goal 1:
Catalyse change in policies and practice
• Gender mainstreaming in integrated water resources...
Gender and strategic goal 2:
Generate and communicate knowledge
10
• GWP will mainstream
gender in GWP
communications and
...
Gender and strategic goal 3:
Strengthen partnerships
11
• RWPs: At the centre of
GWP gender
mainstreaming
• CWPs: Inclusiv...
Delivering the gender strategy
• Materials to support implementation
• Establishment of regular communication across Regio...
gender is
EVERYONE
not just
the focal points!
13
Suggested Actions for Partnerships
1. Discuss the gender strategy in your country/region
2. Recruit a gender organization ...
Questions for Discussion
1. Can you offer recommendation for aligning the gender
strategies goals and objectives with our ...
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  • Gender mainstreaming in integrated water resources
    management policies, planning, and implementation
    GWP catalyses change towards a water secure world by
    sensitising national governments and institutions on key
    issues to advance the sustainable governance of their
    resources. This includes mobilising political will for
    gender inclusion in participatory water governance, and
    assisting governments and key institutions to adapt their
    policies and legal instruments accordingly.
    At Rio+20 (2012) GWP made a commitment to the Women
    Ministers and Leaders for the Environment13 to:
     support at least 30 countries in the next 5 years to
    have domestic gender mainstreaming policies and
    instruments in water resource management that are
    regularly monitored, evaluated, and reported
     encourage and support government departments,
    water development agencies, non-governmental
    organisations, and capacity-building organisations in
    those countries to institutionalise and integrate
    gender perspectives in their work on the ground
     contribute to addressing the intergenerational
    dimension for long term sustainability by developing
    strategies and tools to engage young women, men,
    and children at different levels – international,
    regional, and country.
    GWP will continue to work towards this commitment. We
    will work with and support governments in boosting the
    meaningful participation of women and young people in
    the full range of water governance processes. In particular
    we will continue to work with AMCOW and other relevant
    partners to roll out the AMCOW Policy and Strategy for
    Mainstreaming Gender in the Water Sector in Africa. In
    other regions, GWP will incorporate gender mainstreaming
    into its programmes and projects, supporting gender
    equity efforts at all levels wherever possible. We will work
    to involve basin organisations in developing, adopting,
    and implementing these gender strategies.
    Gender-sensitive legal frameworks
    Closing gender gaps is intrinsically linked to having a
    legal and policy framework in place that grants women
    and men equal rights and opportunities. The importance
    of water rights – and in conjunction with land tenure
    security – in achieving universal access and eradicating
    poverty is amply documented14.
    GWP will encourage efforts to analyse and review water
    laws for gender discrimination, as well as benchmark
    assessments for the participation of men and women in
    water management decision-making.
    Gender and thematic programming
    A key component of the GWP Strategy is to engage with
    actors in the various economic sectors to promote
    cooperation and to bring water into the mainstream of
    core planning processes of priority national economic
    development sectors. Gender must also be integrated
    throughout these thematic programmes to effectively
    address critical current and emerging challenges to water
    security including climate resilience, food, transboundary
    water security, energy, urbanisation, and ecosystems.
    GWP will catalyse and support relevant ministries and
    institutions in mainstreaming gender into current water
    management thematic priority areas, which are also
    priority areas for GWP. Moreover, GWP will ensure
    operational guidelines are in place for mainstreaming
    gender in GWP thematic programming. This includes
    mainstreaming gender in the youth cross-cutting theme.
  • GWP Gender Strategy Discussion

    1. 1. Gender Strategy Discussion 1 Sara Ehrhardt 28 June 2014
    2. 2. Existing Network Activities • GWP Network already active on gender • 2009-13: 20 gender- related activities recorded • 2014-16: 25 gender- related activities planned 2
    3. 3. Objective of GWP Gender Strategy • Bring gender into the mainstream of GWP's work • Provide an overarching framework for gender- and women inclusive approaches • Clarify the role for GWP in gender • Define gender equity and gender mainstreaming for GWP Network 3
    4. 4. Gender Strategy Process • Last years CP held workshop to support developing this strategy (5/13 regions) • Consultation across GWP Network on draft strategy • SC Approved Text May 2014 4
    5. 5. Gender Strategy Approach A distinction has been made between: • Gender mainstreaming policies and practice • Creating an enabling environment for women's meaningful participation in water management • Gender in the workplace (Inclusion and Diversity) 5
    6. 6. Gender Equality and Equity Equality: fully equal rights and access for both genders Equity: acknowledges differences exist but that should not lead to an unfair advantage 6
    7. 7. Gender equity in integrated water resources management Gender equity in the context of integrated and sustainable management of water resources can be promoted by mainstreaming a gender equality perspective into legislation and policies and by carrying this through step by step in the implementation of associated programmes. 7
    8. 8. Gender Mainstreaming • Include a gender perspective into operations, structures, and programmes • Aim to positively affect gender equity in water use and governance • Gender neutrality => gender blind. 8
    9. 9. Gender and strategic goal 1: Catalyse change in policies and practice • Gender mainstreaming in integrated water resources management policies, planning, and implementation • GWP will support at least 30 countries in next 5 years to have gender mainstreaming policies in water management • Gender-sensitive legal frameworks • Encourage analysis of water laws for gender discrimination • Gender and thematic programming 9
    10. 10. Gender and strategic goal 2: Generate and communicate knowledge 10 • GWP will mainstream gender in GWP communications and knowledge products • GWP will support targeted knowledge products on gender issues within GWP’s programmes
    11. 11. Gender and strategic goal 3: Strengthen partnerships 11 • RWPs: At the centre of GWP gender mainstreaming • CWPs: Inclusive stakeholder participation • Building/strengthening partnerships with other international organisations
    12. 12. Delivering the gender strategy • Materials to support implementation • Establishment of regular communication across Regional Gender Focal Points • Gender mainstreaming GWP standard documentation and procedures • Work planning and reporting • Communications • RBM • Targeted fundraising on the gender strategy 12
    13. 13. gender is EVERYONE not just the focal points! 13
    14. 14. Suggested Actions for Partnerships 1. Discuss the gender strategy in your country/region 2. Recruit a gender organization into parternship 3. Meet the Minister of Gender, include gender ministry 4. Mainstream gender into planned publications, events 5. Develop targeted knowledge product on gender & water 14
    15. 15. Questions for Discussion 1. Can you offer recommendation for aligning the gender strategies goals and objectives with our operations? 2. What actions is your Water Partnership undertaking to implement the gender strategy? 3. What considerations should be taken in implementing this strategy? 15
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