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Participation of women in irrigation and water management in Sindh on-farm water management and irrigation system rehabilitation project.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Gender is a behavioural norm attributed to men and women in a given social system. Gender defines the role of women socially and in day to day life, especially when it comes to the access to the safe water. However, their participation is very little. Water projects by nature are gender sensitive and thus should have gender equality, starting from planning and decision making level to execution. In agricultural sector we need more water than other sectors. Men have been predominant decision makers for water management in agriculture and farm work while women have been thought to be responsible for household chores. However, in reality, women have always been prime participants in the agricultural production system. The aim of this thesis was to assess the participation of women in the “Sindh On-Farm Water Management Project”. In this regard a study was carried out in the project area using written questionnaires and face to face interviews that were even recorded using video. According to the results obtained a handful of women who own lands who will be affected by this project. They are aware of the project but reluctant to participate. Some others who work as farm laborers are unaware of the project but would be interested in participation. Finally, women working as professionals, social mobilizers and consultants have diverse views about their own work, working conditions and participation of women concerned with land and farming. The thesis concludes that the Sindh project was a good exercise to involve women and give them confidence to take part in decision making. It is a good start but lot more need to be done to actually give women their due right especially in rural areas of developing countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, TRITA-LWR Degree Project, ISSN 1651-064X ; 2013:10
Keyword [en]
Gender, Women, Irrigation, Water management, Participation, Sindh
National Category
Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171828OAI: diva2:844657
Educational program
Degree of Master - Water System Technology
Available from: 2015-09-21 Created: 2015-08-07 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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