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Koshi basin Initiative

Gender portal

The gender portal consolidates available knowledge on inequalities between women and men in access to and control over resources and on emerging gender-related nuances related to water, food, and energy insecurities.

What is gender?

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, they could be different from one society to another, and they could change over time.

About the portal

Through the online platform, the gender portal allows users to unfold gender realities by accessing knowledge, exchanging experiences, and promoting networking among stakeholders in the Koshi Basin. The gender portal consolidates available knowledge on inequalities between women and men in access to and control over resources and on 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 disaggregated 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 organisations 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.

Choose To Challenge

On International Women’s Day 2021, in line with the campaign theme #ChoosetoChallenge, we asked women engaged in these sectors what they would choose to challenge! Here’s what the women had to say –

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Koshi Basin Information System

Gender

View disaggregated and socio-economic data within the Koshi basin through our Koshi Basin Information System.

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KBIS Gender

Case studies

Conservation pond enhancing women’s capacity

pond
Kabhrepalanchok district
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collecting rainwater
Sindhupalchok district
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To submit a case study download the template and send it to koshigenderportal@icimod.org

Koshi Basin

Resources

Socio-cultural Engagement and Sensitivity in Disaster Risk Reduction
Socio-cultural engagement and sensitivity in disaster risk reduction (2009)
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Women’s Empowerment at the Frontline of Adaptation: Emerging issues, adaptive practices, and priorities in Nepal
Women’s empowerment at the frontline of adaptation: Emerging issues, adaptive practices, and priorities in Nepal
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Food, water, and energy security in South Asia
Food, water, and energy security in South Asia: A nexus perspective from the Hindu Kush Himalayan region
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Gender and biodiversity management in the Greater Himalayas: towards equitable mountain development
Gender and biodiversity management in the Greater Himalayas: towards equitable mountain development
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Gender and Social Inclusion in Local Water Planning: Lessons from Water Use Master Plan Practices in Nepal
Gender and social inclusion in local water planning: Lessons from water use master plan practices in Nepal
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Measuring gender-transformative change
Measuring gender transformative change
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Gender relations

Infographic

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.

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koshi basin gender infograhics

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