Women for Water Partnership

Don't cheat on us! Gender dimensions in water corruption

Tuesday 25 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: L9

Women and men’s unequal access to and control over resources, development benefits and decision-making related to water is widely recognised. Despite their important role in water management, women are often underrepresented in decision making related to water management and services – partly as a result of social and cultural norms.

Less known, is that women also are unequally affected by corruption – a vice which continues to plague the water sector. Corruption impacts women more severely than men due to their dependence on basic services, such as water, and their disadvantaged position in society. Women tend to have a wider definition than men of what corruption entails, for example by including sexual exploitation, physical abuse and non-delivery of public services.

At the same time, women’s civil society has an impressive track record of curbing and preventing corruption when actively engaged in water related interventions in their communities.

This event will explore the gendered dimensions of corruption in the water sector by showcasing the latest research and examples of women’s strategies to combat corruption in different parts of the world. Recommendations on how to integrate a gender perspective in water integrity will be developed with the participants during the event.


11:00-11:05     Welcome and opening remarks by the chair

  • Lotte Feuerstein, Programme Coordinator at Water Integrity Network

11:05-11:10     Key note

  • Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Chair of Global Water Partnership

11:10-11:20     The ‘Fairer’ Sex? Corruption, Gender and Social Capital

  • Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace, UNU-INWEH

11:20-11:25     What next? Policy implications and research gaps

  • Moa Cortobius, SIWI

11:25-11:30     Fifty shades of corruption – How it affects women and what can we do about it

  • Kusum Athukorala, NetWwater

11:30-11:35     Empowerment vs power: Women against corruption in community sanitation – Experiences from India and Indonesia

  • Maren Heuvels, BORDA

11:35-11:20     Knowledge sharing with the audience and formulation of recommendations

  • Facilitated by Alice Bouman-Dentener and Lesha Witmer, Women for Water Partnership

12:20-12:30     Final reflections from the chair