Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency / The World Bank Group

Gender and Water: Framing the Relationship

Tuesday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Pillar Hall
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~~The relationship between gender and water is complex and mediated by numerous variables. These include inter alia, socio-economic, ethnic, locational and life-cycle heterogeneity of men and women, norms, values and power relations. Yet, the discourse has been dominated by a narrative that considers mostly women (rather than the relations between men and women), especially in WASH and focusing largely on female vulnerability. Such a narrative is problematic for a number of reasons including the fact that it ignores women’s agency and their role in the management of water resources in the household and beyond. It pays little attention to social movements that empower women and men and creates an artificial dichotomy between water as a service and as a natural resource. The event will use a new paper from the World Bank as a “thinking device” to unpack the complexity of gender and water. A panel comprising of Sida, World Bank, government and Stockholm Environment Institute will discuss how a more nuanced narrative, based on empirical evidence and real world experience of complex interventions can be promoted to influence policy and practice.


14:00 Opening remarks
Guang Chen, Senior Director, Water Global Practice, The World Bank Group 

14:10 Presentation
Maitreyi Bordia Das, Global Lead Social Inclusion, The World Bank Group 

14:35 Panel discussion
Moderator: Martin Gambrill, Lead Water and Sanitation Specialist, The World Bank Group 

  • Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Esse Nilsson, Senior Program Manager, Sida
  • V. Radha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water, Government of India

15:15 Closing remarks
Carin Jämtin, Director General, Sida 

15:30 Close of session