Mainstreaming gender in participatory irrigation management: Why does empowerment matter?

Tanusree Paul and Naga Velpuri call for investing in interventions to strengthen women’s capabilities and participation in water governance.

Women play a central role in providing, managing, and safeguarding water. Yet, the waterscapes across the world are distinctly gendered in that productive use of water gets ascribed to men while reproductive use gets ascribed to women. That is, drinking water and sanitation are considered a woman’s domain, while irrigation is regarded as a man’s domain.

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