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Koshi basin Initiative
Gender refers to the socially constructed roles held by women and men in a specific society, including their responsibilities, behaviours, and attitudes towards each other.
Gender refers to the socially constructed roles held by women and men in a specific society, including their responsibilities, behaviours, and attitudes towards each other. Even if the roles sometimes seem ‘natural’, they have been learned and could be different from one society to another, as well as changing over time.
Through the online platform, the Gender portal unfolds gender realities by sharing knowledge, exchanging experiences, and promoting networking among stakeholders. The gender portal consolidates available knowledge on inequalities between women and men in access to and control over resources and on the emerging gender-related nuances related to water, food, and energy insecurities. The aim is to share this knowledge and to influence national and transboundary policies and catalyze action for gender-transformative change. At the river basin level, the available data differ immensely in China, India, and Nepal.
This repository compiles sex-disaggregated data and links it with the Koshi Basin Information System (KBIS). The data compilation is a work in progress, and we expect to advance the existing set of gender indicators relevant to water, food, energy, climate change, and disaster risk management. Gender-wise aggregated data and maps are valuable tools for improved understanding and use of gender knowledge not only for researchers but also for planning and implementation of development initiatives and future investments. Civil society groups and non-government organizations can use the gender portal to initiate practitioner-to-practitioner dialogue, peer-to-peer support, and networking for strengthening regional cooperation to ensure resilient livelihoods in the Koshi River basin (KRB).
The Koshi River flows through a rich tapestry of mountains, forests, farmlands and settlements as it winds its way through one of the most diverse landscapes in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH), from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in China, through Nepal, down to the floodplains of Bihar, India. Gender relations in the Koshi River basin are not only shaped by patriarchal systems, but also complicated by caste, ethnicity, class, and age, among other factors.
NEWS AND FEATURE
Koshi Basin Gender
Socioeconomic data comparable at the basin scale are scarce for the KRB. Moreover, the available data are not categorized by sex.