1. Curriculum Development Workshop at BAU & BUET
In the context of curriculum review and improvement, two consultants were requested to work on a review of the curriculum of WRE and BAU/IWM. In May and June, two workshops were organized, one at DWRE, BUET and one at BAU, in Mymensingh. The workshops were well attended and participants gave suggestions for new topics for courses (IWRM, GIS) as well as advice regarding the type of education/teaching (more practical references, less lectures).
2. Research Workshop on Collaborative action research(CAR)
A Research Workshop under Nuffic-NICHE BGD 155 Project was held on Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 08:30 AM TO 05:00 pm at the Seminar Room, Department of Water Resources Engineering, 6th Floor, Civil Building, BUET, Dhaka-1000.the workshop was divided in two part. In the first part 6 Masters (National) students present their Thesis outcome Under Nuffic- NICHE BGD 155 Project Fellowship Program. in the second part project partners give presentation on Collaborative action research(CAR) 2- 5. Professor Saskia Werners from wageningen University present a new concept on Adaptation Pathways in the workshop.
3. Let's Talk Water: A SEMINAR ON GENDER ISSUES IN NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES PLANNING
The seminar on Gender and Water in the series ‘Let’s Talk Water’ was held on 5th October 2016 at WARPO discussed the matter. The event eas organised jointly by WARPO and and Delta Alliance together with Gender and Water Alliance, sponsored by Nuffic 155 project. Joke Muylwijk, Executive Director, GWA and Shaila Shahid, Team Leader GWAPB presented two papers on the occasion. Dr. Sujit Kumar Bala, Associate Professor, IWFM, BUET and Md. Sharafat Hossain Khan, Director General, WARPO also spoke in the seminar as discussant. The seminar was preside over by Dr. Monowar Hossain, Executive Director of IWM.
To increase the impact and efficiency of water projects it helps when water managers understand gender relations and power inequalities. Water users’ choices and behavior can be predicted and explained by taking gender differences into account. In all sub-sectors of water action is required, and indicators are needed to monitor progress. From the discussion by the participants the key recommendations are summarized as follows:
1. Participation: Women’s participation in decision making related to water in all sectors and at all levels needs to be strengthened. For example, in Water Management Groups and WASH Committees under the rules for Participatory Water Management Groups at local level. Ensure representation of women in the management bodies in executive positions related to water in the government (MoWR, MoA, MoLG etc).
2 Gender Analysis: All policies should include gender aspects and issues, analysed from an empowerment perspective: socio-cultural, economic, political and physical empowerment.
3 Gender Action Plans: Based on the Gender Analysis action needs to be planned ensuring active involvement of both women and men at all levels.
4 Empowerment of women and men will ensure more effective and efficient and sustainable water management.
5 Agriculture: Women’s work in and large contribution to agriculture should be acknowledged by recognition by the Government of women as farmers, to begin with by the MoA, to access Farmers’ Cards, agricultural inputs, irrigation water, credits and land.
6 Education on water and sustainable delta and water management should be gender responsive and a diverse representation of the society should be ensured both in teaching and research, the education material, as well as among the student population.
7 Climate change and development have an important influence on water management (changing patterns of droughts, floods, rains, erosion, cyclones, salinity). Women should be part of decision making regarding actions addressing climate change, mitigation, adaptation and development.
8 MHM: Integrate Menstrual Hygiene Management into a wider hygiene promotion approach of WASH and also further inclusion in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools. Teachers should be taught how to deal with the sensitive subject without embarrassment.
10 Sanitation facilities: Ensure separate safe water and sanitation facilities for the female staff in every organization, especially in government organizations including the local government tiers with proper budget allocation for such facilities.
11 SDGs: Implement all SDGs considering the gender targets of each of them, with a focus on SDG 6: Access to WASH for all, which includes hard to reach areas, gender friendly technology and facilities for minorities, very poor women and men.
12 Monitoring: Proper monitoring and documentation of sex disaggregated data in all water sector interventions as well as in professional representations, combined with gender responsive indicators and budget allocation at all levels.
13 Local Level Government Authorities: Develop a comprehensive Union Parishad level 'Women’s Development Action Plan' where natural resource management particularly water resources will be incorporated as one of the prioritized sectors of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. This local action plan should be prepared through a participatory process including representation and feedback from all segments of the society.
14 Gender strategy: All government institutes should have a gender policy or Gender and Equality Strategy and doable gender action plans that can be monitored.
15 Gender Mainstreaming: Review the relevant water policies, national guideline, Act and Orders of the government to identify the gap and challenges of mainstreaming gender in IWRM and thus provide recommendations for inclusion of Gender and Equity aspects in those documents and further directions of proper enforcement.