By Peter Usman//:
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack, has said gender responsiveness and inclusion in governance will go a long way to maximize the potential of policies, programmes and projects that would drive sustainable socio-economic development.
Mrs. Walson-Jack stated this on Tuesday in an address in Abuja on the occasion of the validation workshop on gender mainstreaming and implementation guidelines in the water policy of Water Resources Ministry.
She said, to achieve this, it requires a consensus of individuals, groups and stakeholders at all levels and sectors, to play their vital roles in the development and actualization of well-defined Programmes and Service Delivery Mechanisms that would be in tandem with the overall development and Sustainable Development.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the draft policy for gender mainstreaming in water sector addresses existing barriers that hinder the equal participation of women and men in access to water for various purposes.
According to her,”It sets the stage for promoting collaboration and cooperation among the participating groups through the establishment of enabling frameworks to support the Ministry in harnessing and utilizing both male and female human capital in the water sector in addressing water management”
Mrs. Walson-Jack urged all the stakeholders to review the draft policy extensively and as well validate it accordingly.
Also speaking, the Director, Special Duties, Mr. Nwakpa Peter at the workshop, said the programme was in line with the government policy and programme to ensure gender mainstreaming in the water sector.
Peter asserted that the unit has the mandate to regularly ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all Departments and Agencies in Water Sector, adding that this is in accordance with the procedural dimension for national acceptability adopted by the Ministry of Women Affairs and the development goals.
He charged the participants at the workshop to come up with useful and constructive assessment of the documents for a better understanding of gender mainstreaming in the water sector.
“Applying a gender based analysis helps water sector agencies allocate their resources better to meet the needs of different women, men and children. Therefore, a gender analysis provides the necessary data and information to integrate a gender perspective into policies, programmes and projects” he said.