Article written by Eshwer Kale published in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) (Vol. 52, Issue No. 3 dated 21 Jan, 2017)
In a previous article titled, “Gender and Watershed Development” (Research Note published by the ODI in AgREN - July 1997), I had outlined the impact watershed development (WSD) was observed to have on women’s lives and on gender relationships. I had spelt out some of the difficulties and the significant benefits involved, as well as how women perceive these impacts. I had indicated that while WSD does initially increase the workload of women it would, if consciously attended to, offer them unique opportunities to better their economic situation as well as to enhance their status in their own eyes and that of their society.