Stockholm International Water Institute / Global Water Partnership / SaciWATERs / WaterAid / Women for Water Partnership

Understanding the gender dimension of water and waste: Session 1

Sunday 27 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: NL 357
Photo: GWP

A gender perspective illuminates how gender roles and relations affect and are affected by WASH and water resource interventions. This understanding can increase sustainability and resource efficiency, and thereby enhance the benefits for all. Experience has shown that interventions that include the views, input and participation of both men and women generally work better. WASH services, water resource management and waste water management are not gender-neutral. Interventions are incomplete without a gender perspective and the active involvement of women.

Session 1: Water quality, health and hygiene

Water quality issues and waste water treatment are not gender-neutral. This part of the seminar sets the stage for the global transformative agenda 2030, connecting SDGs 5 and 6.3 specifically. Water quality issues and waste water treatment are not gender neutral. The session will address the connection between equality issues, women’s concerns on around polluted water and (used) water treatment, and governance measures that can be taken. This section will touch on sludge management and sex-disaggregated data collection on this topic.


Water quality, health and hygiene

11:00 Welcome
Lesha Witmer, Women for Water Partnership

11:05 Opening remarks on the connection between SDG5 and SDG6
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President, WfWP

11:20 Introducing the gender - water quality angle
Jack Moss, AquaFed

11:35 Participatory approach for ecologically sustainable sanitation 
Khaoula Lamzouri, ONEE

11:45 Enhancing women capabilities in wastewater management: beginning from schools
Neekita Sharma, Government Department of Education, Jammu and Kashmir, India

11:55 Sex- disaggregated data methodology
Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook

12:05 Women as Agents of Change in Faecal Sludge Management
Maren Heuvels, BORDA

12:15 Q&A and Vote on recommendations/ response from public
Moderator: Lesha Witmer, WfWP

12:25 Conclusions

12:30 Close of session

Session 2: Embedding gender equality in decision-making on water and wastewater

Session 3: Building enabling environments and empowerment for managing water and wastewater