Gender analysis of Manchar Lake water degradation in Sindh Province, Pakistan

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details

Crawford Research Seminar

Date & time

Friday 28 April 2017


Seminar Room 7, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing


Dr Joyce Wu, Crawford School, ANU.


Llewelyn Hughes

For centuries, the people around Manchar Lake, Pakistan, have relied on the freshwater lake as a source of livelihood. Due to poor irrigation planning and management, the lake is now highly polluted, which has wide ranging effects: the loss of livelihoods for women and men; women’s decreased mobility; and child labour and the gap between boys’ and girls’ education. Despite the connections between environmental degradation and social impact, there is a prevailing view among some stakeholders that the solution to Manchar Lake is a matter of irrigation and construction. Using focus group discussions with men and women, as well as interviews with key informants, this talk provides a gender analysis of how women and men are affected, and discusses the way forward.

Dr Joyce Wu is a joint Research Fellow with Crawford School and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). She is working on gender integration of a DFAT-funded program, Sustainable Development Portfolio, of which CSIRO is a partner.

The Crawford School Research Seminar (CSRS) is a forum for scholars from across Crawford School of Public Policy to share their research and receive input from faculty and doctoral candidates on works-in-progress.

Updated:  24 March 2017/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team