Four Basin Gender Profiles
Spatially referenced information on gender particularly for large geographic areas is currently not available. This research will address this identified gap in four river basins (Ganges, Nile, Volta, Mekong), and provide a new perspective on gender inequalities by analysing gendered disparities in the selected basins. Results will include geo-referenced basin-level maps of quantitative sex disaggregated data, qualitative case studies, and analyses of gender relations as they pertain to the water sector thus affecting land and ecosystems. The quantitative data product will inform planning and policy at the basin, sub-basin, national and regional scale. The qualitative data will be indicative of the complexities and specificities of gender relations. The social constitution of gender and attendant power relations will be analysed through context specific examples that attend to the nuances of gender relations and intersecting factors of class, caste, religion, ethnicity and migration which reflect the complexities of every-day lived realities. It is anticipated that this relational approach will deliver a more sophisticated analysis and move beyond the mere identification of numbers of women and men to analyse the social relations that subordinate women (Okali 2011, Aror-Jonsson and Waldorf 2013). The complexities highlighted will lead directly to location specific research agendas and be indicative of lines of inquiry to be considered in adjacent regions. Both the quantitative and qualitative studies will inform future research and thereby address the WLE strategic plan objective to move from gender responsiveness to a gender transformative approach.