The term 'gender' is not a global phrase, understood by and translated easily to all. However, it seems that the conference phases achieved some consensus on its meaning. Dependent on socio-cultural factors, different impacts and effects of being a woman or a man are experienced; generally though, it is more likely in any context for women to suffer aspects of marginalisation and subordination than are men. This extends to all aspects of life including the use and access to adequate water supply and sanitation facilities. Projects which aim to address difficulties experienced in this area must take into account wider inequalities caused by factors such as caste and ethnic group, class, and the traditional roles and expectations associated with these, in order to achieve any sort of sustainability. Many additional ideas were offered towards success in GM in IWRM based on participants experience and knowledge. These included: - providing clarity on terms and definitions to counter fears and opposition; - wider methods of promoting the concept and facilitating an enabling environment to ensure its acceptance; - advice on planning and methodological approaches to GM in projects including impact assessment; - thoughts on what policy changes are required and how to bring these about.
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