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Beyond quotas: Ensuring women’s access to irrigation in the household

Beyond quotas: Ensuring women's access to irrigation in the household
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IFPRI 30 August 2017

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Donors and governments rely on quotas as a primary indicator in many projects and programs to try to increase women’s participation and empowerment in water governance. Quotas are now often mandated by many public and donor-funded projects to ensure women’s participation in decentralized water decision-making institutions such as committees, water user associations, and boards.

However, as others have pointed out, quotas alone do not guarantee effective representation and equality for women. Women may, and often do, sit on such bodies without a real voice.

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