Mainstreaming gender into water management modelling processes

April 28th, 2020

Women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water
(Dublin Principle 3 Integrated Water Resource Management)

Water management is a complex task and often uses models to support decision-making.

Considering gender dimensions strengthens modelling exercises. It raises questions, and highlights knowledge, values and choices that may otherwise be overlooked. Will it affect choice of model or model results? Maybe not, but it does reveal gendered assumptions knowingly, or unknowingly, embedded into the model and the modelling process.

So, this is important – but how to do this?

Our recent paper, ‘Mainstreaming gender into water management modelling processes’, provides ten guidelines to follow to include gender-specific perspectives into three key modelling phases:

A diagram to explain a framework

More publications about our gender work are available here:

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SDIP Phase 2 aims to improve the integrated management of water, energy and food in the Himalayan river basins, addressing climate risk and the interests of women and girls. It seeks to:

  • strengthen practices for regional cooperation
  • generate and use critical new knowledge to enhance regional cooperation
  • improve the regional enabling environment for private sector engagement.

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