Gender mainstreaming is the key strategy to ensure that PROWATER outcomes contribute positively to gender equality using the Gender and Development (GAD) approach that has been institutionalized in the Philippines. The GAD framework considers the advancement of the status of women and girls, as well as the roles and needs of both women and men–girls and boys, in water and sanitation, contributing to gender equality as the ultimate goal.

It is envisioned that by addressing the gender issues, the joint programme will contribute in:

  • Reducing time, health and care-giving burdens from improved water services giving women more time for productive endeavors, adult education, empowerment activities and leisure.
  • Convenient access to water and sanitation facilities increasing privacy and reduce risk to women and girls of sexual harassment/assault while gathering water and using sanitation facilities.
  • Higher rates of child survival becoming a precursor to having fewer children and thereby reducing women’s household responsibilities and increase opportunities for women’s personal development.

2016 Highlights of Gender Mainstreaming in PRO WATER

For 2016, gender equality mainstreaming in PRO WATER focused mainly in increasing the number of women participation in iWaSH specially in trainings, assessments and sectoral planning as well as ensuring the inclusion of women in iWaSH bodies and structures at the LGU level. These bodies are the iWaSH Councils and iWaSH Teams formed at the Municipal Government level; iWaSH Community Teams or iBAWASAs (Integrated Safe Water Sanitation and Hygiene Associations) created at the Barangay Level.

Positive impacts on the health of women and girls, as well as men and boys, also saw some developments in 2016 particularly in mitigating the incidences of water and sanitation related diseases through several water safety, sanitation and hygiene approaches implemented at the Barangay level. These approaches consisted of water quality testing and where contaminated water sources have been identified, mitigating outbreaks of diseases and the conduct of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) tranings for Regional WATSAN Hubs for roll out in the project sites.

The 2016 GAD Report of PRO WATER, in the link below, elaborates on these modest achievements.

GAD Report for 2016