This Resource e-book is a digital document of collected resources from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Vietnam on gender and WATSAN. The goal of this e-book is to consolidate and share knowledge on available expertise and information on Gender and WATSAN in, and specific to these countries. This e-book is not a set of guidelines, nor is it a step-by-step tool kit for gender mainstreaming. It is a collaborative initiative across four countries in collecting, mapping and sharing gender and WATSAN activities within Mekong Water and Sanitation (MEK-WATSAN) and WAC programmes. It is a reference guide that tries to capture key players in Gender and Watsan, gender tools & methodologies used on the ground, and important reports, documents, websites in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal and Vietnam.
A Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (GMS) and Action Plan was developed for four cities of Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, India under the WAC Programme, UN-HABITAT in collaboration with a local NGO, which envisages faster, equitable and sustainable achievement of the MDG targets and 100 per cent coverage for both women and men particularly those from socially excluded and marginalized with adequate water and sanitation services in the project cities by 2009.
The project is a unique model of women empowerment in bringing out adequate water supply services through community management, and is self-reliant and sustainable with the dedicated effort of a women’s community-based approach with dynamic leadership.