IW Webinar Series - Themes and Timeline

Webinar I - Gender Analysis and Mainstreaming in International Waters Projects: Introduction to the IW Webinar Series

The First Webinar took place on 28 February (09.00 ET/ 15.00 CET). During the live webinar, the relevance of the ‘gender issue’ was explained and discuss with GEF IW project and program officers, and it was discussed how newly developed gender & water analytical tools can be applied in the GEF IW project cycle to improve its effectiveness. Several experts presented the objectives and activities of the gender IW:LEARN component as well as explained the overall concept of gender (mainstreaming) and women’s empowerment. The webinar also focused on how the latter can enhance the effectiveness of projects and strengthen the basis for water cooperation. Finally, it initiated the establishment of a long-term cooperation with engaged participants to stay connected and participate in the upcoming webinars and training sessions.

Webinar II - Collecting Sex-Disaggregated Water Data: The WWAP Water & Gender Toolkit and Key Indicators

Disaggregating water data by sex is crucial to analyze gendered roles in the water resources management and inform policy- and decision-makers to create gender responsive water policies in light of the global commitments to gender equality of Agenda 2030. An effective gender analysis is essential for understanding the provision, management, and conservation of the world’s water resources, and this is achievable through a sex-disaggregated data collection and the application of specific gender-related water indicators. 

This second webinar took place on 8 July 2017 and aimed to familiarize GEF IW stakeholders but also a more general audience to the use of gender analytical tools (UNESCO-WWAP Toolkit). It introduced the use of the WWAP Water & Gender Toolkit, and its key indicators and techniques, to sex-disaggregate water data and their application in the field (case study example). In addition, the webinar focused on the fundamental role of gender analysis to strengthen water cooperation.

Webinar III - Women And Men Gender Roles In Migration Processes Induced By Water Stress And Climatic Extremes

Climate change (CC) leads to increased climatic variability, which is manifest in extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. Threats to water availability, access and water hazards have diverse impacts on men and women. Among the adaptation measures to CC, migration is one of the strategies, and it can be seen either as a positive adaptive measure or an indicator of limits to adaptation to environmental stress, especially water pressure. In semi-arid zones for example, climatic extremes can exacerbate local conflicts between herders and farmers and trigger migratory processes. Migration (or internal displacements), is a gendered process mostly populated of young people, (60% of young migrants live in the Global South, UN, 2013).  Environmental migrants move from water-scarce areas or areas affected by climatic extremes, and may transit or settle down in regions that have similar problems.

The webinar will present an overview of the water- induced migration from a gender perspective and will trigger a discussion around this challenge; how to convert the process in great opportunities for populations that move in transboundary contexts, through internal or international displacements.

Webinar IV - Water Resources Management And Gender Equality In The Era Of Climate Change

We live in an era where the extremes of water scarcity and flooding are already a reality in many parts of the world, and are bound to worsen in the coming years due to climate change. Women are often at the heart of water-related issues and they also need to be at the heart of adaptation efforts. Women have valuable knowledge and skills in managing water and are often the front-line of adaptation, yet they are often removed from the decision-making processes that affect their access to this precious resource. This webinar will discuss the major issues faced by women around the world in an era of climate change and offer solutions to support women’s active engagement in the management and decision processes for water resources.

Webinar V - Combining Gender Equity And Water Management Targets: Projects In Support Of SDGs 5 And 6

In September 2015, the world agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 5 on gender empowerment and equality and Goal 6 on availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation. Lasting achievement of Goals 5 and 6 depends on progress on targets under each Goal – they are interconnected. But what does this look like at the project-level? Well-designed IW projects can help ensure women’s continued access to sustainable sources of safe water for health and livelihood purposes and advance progress towards women’s effective participation in water resources decision-making – simultaneously moving the needle on Goals 5 and 6 at the same time. This webinar will discuss ideas for operationalizing SDG targets on gender and water at the project level.

Webinar VI - Sharing Experiences On Gender Mainstreaming From Transboundary Water Bodies

In the last decades, the awareness on the reasons why gender should be particularly mainstreamed in the water realm rapidly grew. Investing in gender mainstreaming in water programs is fundamental and now well justified, because it represents a step forward towards the realization of the SDGs and of the 2030 agenda. This is particularly true and even more challenging in the case of transboundary water bodies, which require cooperation and collaboration among the various authorities in charge of waters across the national borders, based on mutual trust and on transparency. The webinar will explore different experiences on gender mainstreaming and analysis from GEF projects on transboundary waters bodies and, thanks to the "Twinning" component of IW Learn, will provide specific assistance, support and guidance to GEF projects. 

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