The GWP Gender Strategy, the Process and the Substance by Mercy Dikito-Wachtmeister

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Presentation made by Mercy Dikito-Wachtmeister, Senior Officer Global Initiatives at GWP Regional Days Meeting, August 22-24,2012, Stockholm, Sweden

Presentation made by Mercy Dikito-Wachtmeister, Senior Officer Global Initiatives at GWP Regional Days Meeting, August 22-24,2012, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • 1. Focus Area 8 : Setting the stage for thenext GWP Strategy 2014-2019The GWP Gender Strategy, the Process and the Substance Mercy Dikito-Wachtmeister Senior Officer Global Initiatives 1
  • 2. Contenti. Why Gender in GWPii. Operational Framework for GWP GenderStrategy Elaborationiii. Draft Road Map- GWP Gender Strategyiv. TOR for Gender Focal Pointsv. Focus Areas of the GWP Gender Strategyvi. Youth Strategy 2
  • 3. Pillars to poverty eradication and sustainable development- It is economics… social and environmental security… it is equity balance within and across the generations and between men and women Compelling evidence that women are powerful drivers of economic development. Last year’s FAO report, this year World Bank’s Development report have single issue- gender- as organising principle Research from the World Bank and United Nations demonstrates that gender equality reduces poverty and ensure sustainable growth. In “Half the Sky” Nicholas Kristoff attributes the economic miracles taking place in China and Asian tigers to the empowerment of women in the workforce. “Forget China, India and the internet: economic growth is driven by women” declared The Economist 3
  • 4. Why Gender in GWP The gender strategy as part of setting the scene for next GWP Strategy Gender equity and women’s empowerment cornerstones of the Dublin principles . Essential pillars to poverty eradication and sustainable development- Principle No. 3 - Women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water Recognition of women’s pivotal role as providers, users of water and guardians of the living environment. This implies:  role reflection in institutional arrangements for the development and management of water resources  introduction of positive policies to address women’s specific needs, to equip and empower them to participate at all levels in water resources programmes, decision- making and implementation, in ways defined by them GWP taken decision to develop a Gender Strategy as part of its commitment to operationalize Principle 3 of the Dublin principles goals 4
  • 5. Operational Framework for GWP Gender Strategy ElaborationInternational Team of Gender Experts (GGRG) Set international team of gender experts who are supporting strategy elaboration GWA, IFPRI, UN Water, SaciWATERs, IWMI, Pegasas; SIWI, NIAS, Women’s Rights, HISAAR Foundation; etc. Engagement on voluntary basis, experts contribute own staff time to support GWPRegions & Gender Focal Points (RGGRG) Regions with Focal points :SA, Caribbean ,WA, CA,CACENA, SAS, SEA, EA, SAM Regions without Focal Points:, Med, CEE, China., Central America- Please provide names 5
  • 6. Names of Regional Gender Points Dr Anjal Prakash of SaciWaters – South Asia- Dr. Bernadette P. Resurreccion - of AIT – Southeast Asia Dr. Fredricka Deare of Women, Gender and Water Network- Caribbean. Dr Lusine Taslakyan- Amenia . CACENA Musabaeva Kasiet Akmatovna- Kyrgyzstan-CACENA Eiman Karar – Southern Africa Dr. Karidia Sanon – West Africa Daniela Nogueira. South America Simon Thuo - East Africa Monique YGBEDEK- Central Africa 6
  • 7. DRAFT ROAD MAP- GWP GENDER STRATEGY Focus this year has been Gender Strategy elaboration. Process started October/ November 2011 with Road Map elaboration and agreement and identification of Gender priority themes and strategies Now have agreed upon Table of Contents through interactive process with GGRG and RGGRG Sept & October: Text writing of Gender Strategy , Chapters 1-4 7
  • 8. Gender Strategy Road Map contin… November :  Third Consultative gender side event on Gender Strategy: “Bridging the Gender Gap in Water Governance”: The International Freshwater Conference 5-7 November 2012, SA.  Incorporation of outputs from Natal  Gender Strategy sent to Regions, TEC & SC for their Comments  Comments incorporated into Gender Strategy Other events which have been orgainsed  Rio + 20; SIWW; IFWC  Plan to have Women’s Summit sometime next year December- Launching of the GWP Gender Strategy. 8
  • 9. TOR for Gender Focal Points To provide a regional consultative forum and sounding board on gender for GWPO during Gender Strategy elaboration To originate text pieces on agreed upon topics of the GWP Gender Strategy- from a regional perspective Act as focal point for gender in Regional programmes and operations. e.g. in mainstream gender issues in the design and implementation of WACDEP To provide technical and other support in global gender programmes . Participate in Skype conferences on specific topics during elaboration of the Gender Strategy from a regional perspective. 9
  • 10. FOCUS AREAS OF THE GWP GENDER STRATEGY Water policy documents and IWRM plans mainstream gender Legal documents for water management institutions of government and water user groups are :  gender sensitive and non discriminatory,  women and men are given opportunities to participate in water management, decision-making and employment;  domestic use of water, which is often equated with women although it is of equal importance for men, is identified as a legitimate and high priority need.Gender equality through equal opportunities in education, training and employment in the water bureaucracy promotedGender equality integrated in the implementation of programmes to address critical current and emerging development challenges 10
  • 11. GWP Gender Strategy Focus areas contin…. Gender integrated in GWP knowledge building products and the GWP communication strategy Gender equality integrated in GWP structures, strategic alliances and partnerships built for gender equality advocacy, awareness raising; Meaningful financial resources allocated to support gender mainstreaming in GWP programmes and operations and gender responsive budgeting introduced in GWP A gender equality monitoring and evaluation system developed and implemented at the CWP, RWP and GWPO levels 11
  • 12. GWP GenderGender mainstreamed in Policies andStrategy Gender implemented Gender mainstreame responsiveGender d in Legal budgettingEquality documents introduced in for water GWPin Water managementResources institutions management Indicators for Equal Monitoring opportunities & Programme in education, approaches training and evaluation at all levels employment gender in the water sensitive bureaucracy promoted Gender integrated in GWP knowledge Gender building mainstreamed products and in GWP the GWP structures communicati on Strategy
  • 13. Youth Strategy Simon Thuo providing leadership in this area Considerable progress over last 2 months Youth Strategy Road Map has been developed Google Group established for youth participation in strategy elaboration. Have started to elaborate the Strategy Inter-regional Youth Strategy validation workshop in December 13
  • 14. Youth Strategy WaY strategy (Water & Youth)- input into GWP’s strategy for 2014-2019 WaY to gain recognition and secure young people’s participation in water resources management, -DMPrime movers: Young Water Professionals, World Youth Water Parliament,several advocacy networks of young people defining their challenges andsolutionsSupporting cast: WaterAid, UNHabitat, UNEP…African Network of WaterNGOs, 14
  • 15. THANK YOU 15