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Training Workshop on ‘Integrating Gender Approaches into Research at the WLI Benchmark Sites’. ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria. (March 6-10, 2011)

March 06, 2011

WLI Training: Integrating Gender Approaches into Research
Trainees holding a focus group discussion in Khanser valley, Syria. Photographs taken by Dr. Malika A. Martini (March 2011).
WLI Training: Integrating Gender Approaches into Research

Training Workshop on ‘Integrating Gender Approaches into Research at the WLI Benchmark Sites’. ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria. (March 6-10, 2011)

The training was organized by the Water and Livelihood Initiative (WLI) in an effort to ensure the integration of gender in WLI’s agricultural research activities. Women play a very important role in both the management and utilization of water in rural households. Women also use and experience water shortages differently than men. The recognition and inclusion of their needs, preferences, and priorities is thus very important for the success of the Initiative.

The training was attended by local researchers from various partnering countries including: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. The training was given by Dr. Sandra Russo, Dr. Kathleen Colverson, and Ms. Jillian Jensen from the University of Florida; in collaboration with Dr. Malika Martini and Mrs. Alessandra Galie from the Socio-Economic and Policy Research Program (SEPRP) in ICARDA. The training covered a broad spectrum of topics that ranged from basic introduction to gender, to the application of gender analysis tools to collect and use data in planned activities. Trainees were challenged to look beyond the ‘closed household’ model and have a gendered perspective in conducting their research.