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Discussing the gender and hydropower nexus at the 3rd Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy

By Robin Narciso – Oxfam

Talking about gender is never easy. And it is certainly harder when you are talking about it in relation to hydropower infrastructure. Hydropower per se can be a sensitive topic but once you add to it the gender nexus, you’ll have an “explosive mix”. What is for many a political and economic issue then becomes a personal one too. Think of questions such as “how are the women in your community/country impacted by hydropower? Are men impacted differently? Does it depend on the cultural context of each country in the Mekong region?” or “would hydropower be managed more sensitively if your female colleagues were leading the project?” No doubts that we are entering the personal sphere. But these were exactly some of the questions we were asking during our session at the“3rdMekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy”.(…)

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