FACILITATING WOMEN LEADERSHIP FOR IMPROVED WRM

BADRA KAMALADASA, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF IRRIGATION SRI LANKA
From the Shallows to the Deep: Who is taking the lead? Women, Water and Leadership: A Workshop for Asia and the Pacific
The views expressed in this paper are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), or its Board of Governors, or the governments they represent. ADB does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this paper and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. The countries listed in this paper do not imply any view on ADB's part as to sovereignty or independent status or necessarily conform to ADB's terminology.

WHO /WHERE ARE THE WOMEN LEADERS IN IRRIGATION SECTOR
Policy level
• • • • Ministry (Minister/Secretary) Department (DGI/ Directors) Regional Administration (GA/Politicians) Project Management Committee/ Farmer Organisation (Leaders)

WHO /WHERE ARE THE WOMEN LEADERS IN IRRIGATION SECTOR (CONTD.)
Strategic Planning • Department ((DGI/ Directors) • Regional Administration • PMC/ FO

WHO /WHERE ARE THE WOMEN LEADERS IN IRRIGATION SECTOR (CONTD.)
Implementation
• • • • Department (IEE/ EAA / DAA) Regional Administration PMC/ FO Individual beneficiaries

IS THERE GENDER DIMENSIONS IN INSTITUTIONAL DESIGNS
(Two sides-Purposeful inclusion/exclusion)
 Policy level - No  Strategic Planning - No  Implementation • Department
 IEE - No  EAA – Limit the intake

• Regional Administration -no • PMC/ FO
 No specific policy, but increasing the number

• Individual beneficiaries
 Increasing

INTERVENTIONS EXPECTED
• EAA
• Listen to FO leaders/individuals • Coordinate with line agencies • Timely attendance to the requirements

• PMC/ FO
• To bring all the dimensions in water sector in decision making (for holistic approach)

CURRENT PERFORMANCES
• EAA
• Extremely well

• PMC/ FO
• Performs well; time is limited

• Individual beneficiaries
• Have less opportunities

BARRIERS FOR WOMEN WORKING IN IRRIGATION SECTOR
• Field officers Continuous attention is needed in extreme conditions (droughts/ floods) -No shift works Need additional support for security etc due to cultural barriers

Can not cover up by other officers too as a whole area get affected
Role as mother/wife etc (traditional and social)

• PMC/FO members
Mode of transport –has to depend on others Due to limited support (from extended family or domestic helpers) for household responsibilities, time is limited

ARRANGEMENTS ALREADY MADE AND FURTHER PROPOSALS
• Field officers
Sharing responsibilities with male officers/ female officers Working / travelling to field as a team Facilitating through training on gender issues Development of self-confidence / Confidence for others (FOO etc)

PMC/FO members

ARRANGEMENTS ALREADY MADE AND FURTHER PROPOSALS (CONTD.)

 Providing transport facilities and arrange meeting for their convenient times

 Encourage to work with female officersinitially
 Get involve more than one /as a group  Provide facilities for looking after kids

THANK YOU

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