CGIAR Gender

CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

Webinar: A new type of gender training

Date: March 2, 2017, Time: 3-4.00 p.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) 

The Webinar was led by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) as part of the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network Webinar Series.

How do we generate critical discussion of gender norms, roles and relations in rural communities? The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has developed a participatory gender training that provides researchers, governmental, NGO and local staff with the necessary tools to conduct a three-hour workshop. With the intent of flattening prevailing top-down communication structures, the activities and discussions arose from science-based learning theories, research findings and feedback from workshops in the field.


wle-gender-training-manualDue to male out-migration from rural communities, women are increasingly managing farming tasks. Female-headed households face new patterns of vulnerability, which need to be addressed through open dialogue in order to improve their resilience to climate change. This gender training manual, titled ‘Participatory gender training for community groups’, is a step towards filling that crucial gap. The participatory training was co-developed by researchers, field staff and farmers under the Improving dry season irrigation for marginal and tenant farmers (ACIAR) project in Nepal, Bihar and West Bengal, India. The training was conducted at a larger scale with social mobilisers working across six districts of Nepal under the BRACED-Anukulan project (DFID).



Led by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems(WLE), the purpose of this webinar is to discuss a participatory gender training manual for community groups that was developed by researchers at the the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal. The main goals of the manual are to provide the tools that are necessary to conduct a three-hour workshop. This webinar will walk participants through the purpose and use of the manual, including implementation experiences from one of the field trainers. The current manual is simply a starting point, as the designers hope to accrue feedback from users and webinar participants in order to adapt the manual into a more regionally applicable tool



Stephanie Leder is a post-doctoral fellow for gender and social inclusion at the CGIAR research program “Water, Land and Ecosystems” (WLE). Working with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Nepal, she conducts research on gendered norms, roles and relations in access to and control over water and land, migration, empowerment and resilience in South Asia. She holds a PhD in Cultural Geography/Geography Education at the University of Cologne in Germany for her research on Education for Sustainable Development on water conflicts in Pune, India, and holds state examination degrees in Geography, English, Biology and Education at the University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

Gitta Shrestha is a Post Graduate in Geographical Development Studies. She holds MPhil in Resources and Human Adaptations from University of Bergen, Norway. She has worked extensively in a capacity of researcher and gender specialist for past 7 years in various research institutions. She has also served as a trainer and consultant on gender mainstreaming in community implementation models and within development organisations and Monitoring and Evaluation expert for Social Welfare Council Nepal. Currently, she works as a Senior Research Officer with IMWI-Nepal, with special focus for Social equity and Gender equality for Sustainable, Just and Productive Water Resources Development in Western Nepal Project (Digo Jal Bikas) funded by the USAID.


Andrew Reckers is a Princeton in Asia fellow working in Communications for the IWMI Nepal office. He graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Environmental Studies-Biology