On World Environment Day, we would once again like to reiterate how women play a critical role in managing natural resources on family and community levels and are also the most affected and vulnerable to environmental degradation. Not just in India, but in countries across the world, women manage water, sources for fuel, sustenance and both forests and agricultural fields.
CSR’s objective has been to highlight the critical role of women in relation to their natural environment. Because traditional women’s workload is often centeredaround managing resources and biodiversity, we wanted to achieve a consensus where their experiences and perspectives are essential to sustainable development policymaking.
Centre for Social Research, in collaboration with Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Limited, piloted a project to enhance women’s leadership capacity in water conservation in the Alwar region of Rajasthan because Rajasthan falls within areas of greatest climate sensitivity, maximum vulnerability and lowest adaptive capacity with regard to climate change. The six month pilot project targeted three hamlets in Kali-Khol village, Kali Khol, Rundh Kali Khol or Bera, and Bandha-ka-bas, located in Bakhtpura Gram Panchayat of Umren Development Block. The program trained 40 women members of existing SHG’s in gender inequalities, and water conservation strategies – reinforcing traditional methods alongside newer technologies.
By encouraging women to get appointed as partners in policy-making decisions, CSR and their work for the environment has increased community awareness of sustainable practices while having the support of the traditional knowledge present in the community, and introducing workshops that enhance the quality of the lives of the women and the rural life itself.