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December 2nd, 2009

Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Infrastructure Projects

Latin America and the Caribbean Workshop 2009 (Return to home)

1-  Huycoloro Landfill

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This Solid Waste Management Landfill is located an hour and a half from Lima by road. The plant captures methane gas from solid waste and transforms it into energy. The Plant is accredited under the Clean Development Mechanism, which includes a Sustainable Development Monitoring Program (SDMP). The project includes a variety of activities in its SDMP: (i) residual removal from Huycoloro’s riverbank; (ii) reforestation; and (iii) leveling dirt roads. The firm PETRAMAS, following its Social Responsibility Plan, has carried out a number of social activities together with communities adjacent to the landfill. The community representative in charge of coordinating these activities is a woman, and many activities are carried out with women’s groups. The visit to the project will help illustrate how women have contributed to the project, and will help answer several questions: how much more has the project benefited from women’s presence? How can women contribute to increase the project’s benefits? How has the design been changed after having consulted women? What kinds of benefits disaggregated by sex can be found in these kinds of projects?


2. Irrigation Sub-Sector Program, PSI Sierra

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The aim of the program is to increase agricultural production and productivity, by promoting efficient and sustainable irrigation systems in the Peruvian valleys. The program improves infrastructure, strengthens users’ organizations and promotes the use of irrigation technology to improve water use. The visit will be in the locality of Cañete, at about two hours from Lima., Participants will meet with several female users from other parts of the country where women’s participation has been intensive, particularly in the Women’s Users Associations.  The visit will help differentiate the impact in the works with and without female contribution, and address several questions: What has been the contribution of women? How has project design improved thanks to the women’s point of view? What has been the contribution of both women and men during implementation? And what has been women’s contribution to sustainability?


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 The Rural Water and Sanitation Program intervenes in: (i)  Water infrastructure: construction, rehabilitation, expansion and improvement of water systems; (ii) Sanitation infrastructure: basic units like latrines, water pressure and other solutions; (iii) Training and education in health; and (iv) Development of local capabilities. The population is organized around community-based water and sanitation administration committees (JASS). Interventions respond to communities’ demands through their municipalities and the interventions cover four areas: (i) gender equity; (ii) environmental responsibility; (iii) demand-responsive approaches; and (iv)intercultural sensitivity.   The visit will be in the province of Canta, 65km from Lima. The visit will include several works carried out by the project. Participants will analyze through the JASS’s experience how the project has eased women and men’s participation, and provided equal opportunities in each of the activities carried out. The visit will allow participants to address the following questions: How can a gender vision be included in a project like this one? Can men and women work and make decisions together? How can women be heard and considered? What would happen without women’s participation? What are men’s opinions on the matter? How do they value women’s contribution and teamwork? 

Power Point on PRONASAR filed trip (PDF 290KB)

4. Santa Rosa. Hydroelectric Plant

SRI and SRII are two small hydroelectric cascade plants on the Huara’s river water. They are located two hours from Lima by road. The project is part of a bigger one that includes several microplants along the river and it is within the framework of Kyoto protocol. As part of its Sustainable Development Monitoring Plan, the firm ESR which implements the project, has included carried out its Corporate Social Responsibility plan successfully, establishing a close and respectful relationship with the community.  During the visit, participants will analyze the opportunities that the project brings to gender equality, not only in the Sustainable Development Monitoring Plan, but also within the Corporate Social Responsibility plan. Other questions that are likely to arise are: What has been the involvement of women and men in the project cycle? What opportunities have been considered or have been lost regarding gender equality?  How the benefits attracted by the project have been distributed between men and women? What is lacking in, and what could be added to, the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility plan, in order to be truly equitable for both sexes? Lima workshop field trip4

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