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Gender a central issue for Ganges Basin Development Challenge Program

Participants at the gender training session, Bangladesh.
The second training session on gender for the Ganges Basin Development Challenge Program held on January 23 and 24, in Khulna, Bangladesh, reinforced the need for understanding potential and real impacts of every action or intervention on men and women.
Twenty staff and students living and working in the Khulna and Barisal regions took part in the training, which began by highlighting basic gender issues, and enabled a lively exchange of experiences as gender issues were raised and discussed in a participatory manner.
The two-day training session also discussed tools for empowerment, gender analyses and integration methods in research and development.
Participants were able to assess their own projects in light of their learning, which gave them a better understanding of the role of gender in their projects, and provided them with an action plan for the future.
The training event was hosted by government, national and international organizations including BRAC, Sushilan, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Local Government Engineering Department, Institute of Water Modeling (IWM), Bangladesh Rice Research Institute, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and WorldFish.
Facilitated by Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha, and organized by WorldFish, the training involved plenty of interactive discussions, lively debates and field-level experience sharing.