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How should engineers respond to "gender"?

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posted on 2018-02-12, 15:10 authored by Ian K. Smout, Brian Reed, Sue Coates
A research project on mainstreaming gender in water projects is being undertaken by WEDC, Loughborough University, UK with collaborators in South Africa and India. The main output of the project will be a Practical Guide for Engineers and Managers in the Water Sector, and a previous paper (Smout and Coates, 2000) described consultations held in India and South Africa with engineers during 2000. Throughout the research we have been exploring why engineers’ contributions to non-technical issues are limited and how engineers can improve the development impact of their work. and increase the involvement of groups of people normally excluded from engineering projects – especially women but also poor men and children. This paper considers the role of engineers in this context.



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SMOUT, I. ... et al, 2001. How should engineers respond to "gender"? IN: Scott, R. (ed). People and systems for water, sanitation and health: Proceedings of the 27th WEDC International Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 20-24 August 2001, pp. 126-129.


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