Experts Emphasize Need Of Making Water Sector Development Gender Inclusive
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Thu 16th August 2018 | 01:05 AM
The water and gender experts have emphasized on the need of making the water sector's development gender inclusive in order to ensure the women's rights.
HYDERABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Aug, 2018 ) :The water and gender experts have emphasized on the need of making the water sector's development gender inclusive in order to ensure the women's rights.
The US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) in collaboration with Center for Social Change (CSC) organized a policy dialogue on the subject at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro, on Wednesday.
Chairperson Sindh Human Rights Commission Justice (r) Majida Rizvi said water was a human right. She said that the government and the civil society should come forward to undertake collaborative to make the issue gender sensitive and to include women as the stakeholder.
The environmental journalist and trustee of IET Afia Salam said that it was essential to understand the gender roles which determine the relationship with water when the gender lens was put over the issue. "The women are being sidelined when it came to the decision making about water, from the policy to the usage levels," she contended.
Advocate Palh shared a number of recommendations including the allotment of water connections to households registered by the name of woman in rural areas, appointment of women on public policy making, decision making and offering water incentive to the farmers for employing the female growers.
The Vice Chancellor MUET Prof Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili in his closing remarks said the MUET was the first public sector university in which gender equity policy was being implemented.The VC announced donation of Rs.600,000 for Indus Earth Trust (IET) which was providing waterwheels to the women in the coastal areas of Pakistan.
Executive Director CSC Zulfiqar Ali Halepoto, Project Director USPCAS-W Dr Bakhshal Lashari and other experts also spoke.
On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between USPCASW, MUET and IET.