?Ensure women?s role in water, sanitation projects
PARTICIPANTS, including the Mayors of Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur, at a workshop organised by Mahila Chetana Manch today, unanimously opined that participation of women should be ensured at the levels of decision, implementation and review as regards the projects on water and sanitation projects being implemented in the four cities.india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 01:18 IST
PARTICIPANTS, including the Mayors of Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur, at a workshop organised by Mahila Chetana Manch today, unanimously opined that participation of women should be ensured at the levels of decision, implementation and review as regards the projects on water and sanitation projects being implemented in the four cities.
The workshop was organised in association with the UN Habitat, Delhi, to discuss the document titled ‘Navigating gender in development of water and sanitation in urban areas’ prepared by the Mahila Chetana Manch. The main objective was to seek opinions and suggestions from the various beneficiaries as well as implementers of the water and sanitation project.
At the outset, Dr Kulwant Singh of UN Habitat spoke about the ‘Water in Asian cities’ project. Mahila Chetna Manch chairperson Nirmala Buch spoke about the need of the document, its scope and the method of its compilation.
She said the society has not decided similar responsibilities for men and women. Presently, only the inclusion of name of some women in projects is considered enough. But it is important that women are included into all level of projects. Bhopal Mayor Sunil Sood, while lauding the objective of workshop assured that the recommendations would be implemented in the policy of BMC.
Indore Mayor Umashashi Sharma said Indore is a water-scarce city and the women face the major burden of the scarcity. The IMC has initiated water conservation works and is seeking help of women in this.
Jabalpur Mayor Sushila Singh said only reservations don’t help, participation of women at all level is important. Gwalior Mayor Vivek Shejwalkar assured that participation of women would be ensured in implementation of projects.
Principal Secretary, Urban Development and administration PD Meena said women are directly connected to water and sanitation issues and thus the policy makers and planners should be gender sensitive.
Commissioner, Urban Administration, Malay Shrivastava, director of MP Urban Project Gulshan Bamra also spoke. Chief technical advisor of `Water in Asian Cities’ project in MP Anirudh Mukerjee said a pilot project each would be launched in each of the cities.