As part of efforts to create more awareness to both men and women on gender issues, a two-day workshop has been organized for the civil society organizations (CSOs) in Plateau State.

Our Correspondent reports that the workshop was put together by WaterAid in collaboration with Nigeria and Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) Plateau State Chapter, held at 3Angels Hotel Rayfield Jos, last Thursday and Friday.

Plateau State WaterAid Project Manager for the EU-Technical Assistance to CSOs project, Ms. Idowu Adebayo said that the idea behind the workshop was to look at how gender issues were being addressed in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) governance in Plateau State.

Ms. Adebayo noted that one of the major issues they were able to discover in the course of their work was the fact that there was no inclusion of women gender related issues as it concerns governance in Plateau State.

She added that it was on this note that they thought it wise to meet with stakeholders, CSOs, WASH body in the state, so as to inform them on what they have also discovered in the course of their work, especially on issues that concern WASH governance  in the state.

She explained that in the WASH governance, both at state and community levels, women were not being integrated into the system, adding that gender matters were no doubt what they concentrated on in WaterAid and EU.

Ms. Adebayo affirmed that the training was to equally empower the CSOs at both state and community levels to be able to enshrine women and gender related issues in their activities, as well as to teach and educate them on how they can address the gender problems in the society.

The project manager said that she expected that at the end of the workshop, participants should be able to understand the need for gender mainstreaming in WASH governance, and to also advocate for gender related issues in the society.

While appealing to the Plateau State Government, Adebayo noted that government should equally know that WASH was a very important component of their daily lives, hence the need for them to accord more attention to it, not only at the state level, but at communities, because they were the ones that were really affected by the policy.

NEWSAN Coordinator Plateau State, Mr. Vings Jonah Lomak said the aim of the training was to basically give knowledge to participants on gender issues as related to the society,  to enable them know what the society was saying about gender issues, especially as it relates to both men and women, adding that the workshop would equip them for further sensitization in the society.

SUNDAY STANDARD reports that the two-day workshop featured paper presentation; which included, “defining gender related concept and terms”, “understanding the gender integration continuum, group work; mapping work in WASH, group work”, “Barrier analysis, gender audit and tool development, and review protocol” among others.




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