Toward Women-Inclusive Water Governance

Convenor(s):
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; UN World Water Assessment Programme and Women for Water Partnership

~~Women’s leadership in the water sector matters. The form that their leadership takes is critical and it can only be effective if women are empowered to shape and influence change. Yet at present, there is a lack of evidence on women who are playing that important and influential role in water governance. What happens if women are included in decision-making processes on design, budget allocations, planning, implementation and monitoring? Are we able to provide evidence that having more women in water governance leads to better decisions to achieve equitable access to water? The event will start with the launch of a joint project by the Women for Water Partnership, OECD and UN WWAP on assessing the impact of women's involvement in water governance, building on current research such as on gender-budget analysis and OECD water governance indicators. Participants will then take part in interactive discussions to share their views and insights on how to foster women engagement in water governance. Selected panellists will introduce practical experiences and concrete actions in the public and private sectors to provide women with the opportunities and avenues to be agents of change in the water sector.

The event aims to move forward women’s role as agents of change in water management and sustainable development by looking at the impact of women's involvement in water governance. The session will discuss how to collect tangible evidence on women’s contribution to water policy making and implementation as well as lessons learned from participants’ experience on the topic. The session will conclude with key messages and guidance on how to trigger concrete actions in the public and private sectors to provide women with the opportunities and avenues to be agents of change in the water sector.

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Monday 14:00-15:30
FH 300
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