This was a special meeting of the SAWC, held the day before the Multi-Stakeholder symposium on Water Governance, where participants from the ‘Citizen Monitoring of the NWRS2’ project would present their case studies and findings. The rationale for this SAWC meeting was threefold:
1) since many of the SAWC coodinating committee and other members were travelling to Goedgedacht for the symposium, it was a good opportunity to hold a face to face meeting;
2) the case studies that were developed through the Changing Practice course, as part of the Citizen Monitoring project, need to be taken up and used within the caucus – this meeting was intended to strengthen that link, and to hand the case studies over to the national water caucus;
3) the issue of gender has been raised at SAWC meetings in the past, and emerged as one of the issues needing careful attention during the Changing Practice Course. Leila Harris, a gender and water specialist from UBC (University of British Columbia) offered to lead a discussion on gender dynamics within the water sector, an opportunity which was welcomed by the SAWC CC.
It was decided to appoint external facilitators, so that all members of the SAWC present could fully engage with the meeting, without simultaneously needing to hold the process. Theresa Edelman and Themba Lonzi, who have many years of experience, were brought in as our facilitators.
The meeting opened with freestyle drumming, led by Themba Lonzi, welcoming participants into the space with energy and passion.
This is a report written by the Environmental Monitoring Group and should be referenced as follows EMG, 2016, SAWC meeting with gender focus. Multi-stakeholder workshop on Water Governance. Goedgedacht, Western Cape, 18th October 2018