Course Announcement: Gender Mainstreaming in Integrated Water Resources Management

Gender mainstreaming is a process for improving the relevance of development agendas and recent Sustainable Development Goals towards achieving gender equality, human rights, economic productivity and overall sustainability. Gender mainstreaming in IWRM aims to ensure that opportunities and benefits of water sector interventions will be equally available to both men and women.

For that reason, gender mainstreaming is an integral part of IWRM and essential for improving the effectiveness of the four pillars of IWRM; environmental sustainability, economic efficiency, social equity and water governance.

This course will run from September 19 to November 23, 2016.

Strengthening the capacity of water managers and professionals in different areas of water management with the tools and knowledge to establish the linkages between gender and the four pillars of IWRM, and successfully incorporate gender mainstreaming in their work.

Learning objectives
The online course will provide participants with:

  • Increased awareness about effective gender mainstreaming approaches and strategies in IWRM
  • comprehensive tools of incorporating a gender approach in water management
  • strenghthened overview of gender mainstreaming in the areas of domestic and drinking water, sanitation, agriculture and climate change
  • indepth knowledge of the current issues of not having a gender approach in place, the benefits of incorporating this approach, and how to obtain those benefits.
  • comprehensive understanding of available sex-disaggregated indicators for water assessment, monitoring and reporting

The course is open to a maximum of 40 participants representing various stakeholder groups from the entire water sector:

  • Stakeholders and professionals forming part of water management, civil society, river basin or international organizations; development programmes and members of UN organizations; and representatives of the private sector;
  • decision makers, policy makers, and high-level professionals and managers active in governmental bodies;
  • capacity developers active in the fields of sustainable water management, Integrated Water Resources Management, gender mainstreaming, conflict resolution, climate change, amongst others;

As an introductory course, participants are not expected to have previous knowledge on gender mainstreaming, but a background in IWRM.

There is no course fee; participants will be selected by the organizing committee considering gender, professional background, and geographic balance, as well as on their motivation and commitment to participate throughout the entire course.

Interested participants must complete the online registration form, including the presentation of the following documentation before September 2nd.

1. Required. A short profile, describing: educational and professional background; experience in water resources management, water capacity development, or decision making; participation in networks and/or alliances; any other relevant information related to the course subject.

2. Required. A motivation and commitment letter: explaining your interest in participating in the course; availability to dedicate at least 4 hours per week during the course duration and participate in the course activities; and your expectations in terms how will you apply and share the acquired contents in your field of work and with your colleagues.

3. Optional. A 1-page letter of institutional support: through which the institution where you work expresses interest in your participation in the course; explains why this will be an important training for you and the institution.

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  • Wibke Ott

    Dear CapNet Team,
    I applied yesterday to participate in the online training “Gender Mainstreaming in IWRM”. I did not receive an email confirming that you got my application. I just wonder if you received it?
    Thank you and best regards,

  • Klas Moldéus

    Dear Wibke,
    Your application was submitted, and successful applications have been notified via email already. If you were not successful this time, we encourage you to apply to future courses on the Virtual Campus!
    Best regards;