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Apr 02, 2014

Various women’s organisations hold water conservation and climate change training programmes for women elected representatives of rural Rajasthan.

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New Delhi: Recognising the importance of women’s active participation in governance structures and in the management of natural resources, in light of the increasing impact of climate change, Centre for Social Research has partnered with Hanns Seidel Foundation to develop a programme that engenders green governance in rural Rajasthan.

The training aims to empower women elected and to-be-elected representatives to take on leadership roles in water management and conservation within their communities. It also builds their knowledge of water issues, understanding of available government schemes & initiatives to address water concerns, and their capacity to use their power as elected representatives to address water issues within their communities.

The training modules also aims  to increase an understanding of the connection between water issues and gender inequality; increase knowledge amongst women elected representatives of tools and schemes for water conservation and management like roof top water harvesting method etc. and increase capacity of women elected representatives to lead water conservation initiatives at village levels. CSR has also conducted a pilot training of 20 women elected representatives on women’s role in water conservation and how to use the government schemes related to water resources effectively.

“A rural woman spends more than half of her life addressing water concerns in her family.  It is therefore extremely important to train and enhance knowledge of these women at the grassroots so that they understand climatic issues and address the needs of their communities,” says Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research.

The programme which began in 2012 successfully managed to complete 2 phases. Phase one involved the completion of a needs assessment in 5 villages within the target region of Sanganer Block, Dist. Jaipur, Rajasthan. The needs assessment was used to gain an understanding of water and climate change concerns within the target villages. It also brought to light gender issues within the communities. The second phase of the project witnessed the development of a draft training module for women elected representatives on water conservation and management.

After successful completion of the first & second phases, this programme has now entered its third phase which will witness CSR completing the basic training programme. CSR will also complete the evaluation of the pilot training and finalise and disseminate the training material. This phase of the programme will culminate with an expert consultation in Delhi or Jaipur.

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