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Why Gender Matters: a Tutorial for Water Managers

There are significant gender differences in use, access and management of water. It helps to explain why some cultures, societies or communities are more successful than others to manage water. These practices often result in unfair and self-perpetuating impacts on the lives of both women and men as it reduces the benefits of development among disadvantaged groups and marginalizes their contribution to society—“no water, no wealth, no well-being”. This also explains why some people obtain more benefits or are more impacted from water policies. Addressing gender and water together acknowledges these imbalances and 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. (Published on March 2006)

25 Mar 2020

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Why Gender Matters: a Tutorial for Water Managers.pdf