Knowledge Note

The aim of this case study is to highlight, within the context of a Gender Pilot of the Peru Sierra Irrigation Project, how women’s different needs were identified to facilitate their access to training and to increase their participation in the management of water users’ organizations (WUOs). It was designed upon the request of Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and included a gender diagnostic to assess barriers that hinder the attendance and equality of participation of women in trainings and meetings. Following the diagnostic participatory discussions around the importance for communities to include women in water management were held. In response to these diagnostics and subsequent discussions, the water users resolved to set specific targets for becoming more inclusive organizations, and shaped the content and timing of their activities to allow a greater number of women to participate. The Pilot improved women’s technical skills, their positions in the WUOs, and self-esteem and has raised awareness among the community members about women’s specific needs and expectations related to water management for irrigated agriculture. The participatory methodology used in this Pilot was designed with the support of the World Bank Gender Action Plan, and is currently being scaled up under the World Bank-financed Irrigation Subsector Project (Proyecto Subsectorial de Irrigación, PSI) PSI Sierra.

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