Share
IWP Research Seminar

Making Space for Women in Water Management and Policy

The thesis of this talk is that both women’s representation and how gender is represented have important implications for how water resource development and management impact women and men.  In terms of numerical representation, irrigation, fishing and hydropower bureaucracies in the Mekong Region are dominated by men. The same is often true in national parliaments and local water institutions. In terms of how gender is represented, simplistic stereotypes still dominate public debate and media. Women are mothers who look after children and prepare food; rarely are women fishers, irrigators or planners. This talk explores the thesis through two research studies. The first is about how women and men in different eco-cultural contexts around Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, deal with water-related insecurities such as droughts and floods. The second examines how civil society organizations engaged in hydropower issues in the Mekong Region represent gender in their campaigns, and whether they have succeeded at making political space for women. The analysis shows evidence of strong gender norms, misleading simplifications and strategic distortions. The findings are of practical value to civil society and government organizations committed to women’s empowerment as well as a contribution to scholarship debunking gender essentialism.
Seminar Room 2-2
Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Fri 7 July 2017
12:15 PM - 01:30 PM

Dr. Louis Lebel

Dr. Louis Lebel

Director, Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University and Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Water Policy, National University of Singapore

More about speaker

Dr. Leong Ching

Dr. Leong Ching

Co-Director of Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly register your interest in attending by 3rd July 2017.

Please note that by clicking on the registration link above, you will be directly forwarded to a 3rd party independent site, which is not developed nor maintained by NUS. The website could be subject to data protection and privacy practices and you are encouraged to examine them before proceeding to share your personal data. NUS will collect, use and/or disclose the personal data submitted through this 3rd party independent site for the purpose of scheduling, processing, administration and/or management of the event. Please note that photography, audio and video recording may occur during this event. All photography, audio and video recording may be used by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the National University of Singapore for education, marketing, promotional and/or publication purposes. If you do not wish to have your image recorded or published, for compelling and legitimate grounds relating to your particular situation, please inform our staff.