DFAT Water for Women Fund / The World Bank Group / UN Women / Water Youth Network / Women for Water Partnership

Women and Youth: Living Apart Together (3/3)

Sunday 25 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: L8
Susanna Starck, SIWI

Women and youth are two major groups affected by lack of access to safe water and sanitation. They are often excluded from participation or representation in decision making processes related to water issues at all levels. In the field of water, gender inequalities determine how women and men are affected differently and how resources are developed and managed. Young people also face significant challenges of lack of recognition or voice at the table, which inhibit their potentially huge and innovative contributions to water solutions for all.
Women and youth empowerment processes as well as direct access to finance are necessary for strategic courses of action directed towards achieving the SDGs in an inclusive manner. Human-rights based and gender-responsive interventions that reduce inequalities and increase access to water and sanitation have the potential to dramatically improve the lives and livelihoods of youth and women worldwide – and to ensure that no one is left behind.

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


Session 3: Transforming the water sector through the power of women and youth
To transform the water sector through the power of youth and women, key issues will be addressed to youth and women leaders. This last session will seek to showcase examples of good mechanisms and approaches with stakeholders at all levels for creating lasting change and achieving SDGs 5 and 6. 

16:00 Recap of earlier sessions and introduction to session 3
Sunil Abeyasekera, YPARD and 
Seyram Ama Asimah, WaterAid
WfWP and Water Youth Network  

16:15 Ignite talk presentations
Moderator: Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, WfWP 

  • Gender and youth transformational laws
    Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari, The Center for Water Security and Cooperation, United States 
  • Mainstreaming women/youth in stakeholder engagement in the Kura River Basin
    Jeanene Mitchell, UNDP, USA 
  • Gender Responsive Design of Climate Financed Water Sector Resilience
    Wainella Isaacs, University of South Florida, United States 
  • Youth and women for drinking water security
    Amrita Gautam, Technische Hochschule Köln and Universität zu Köln, Germany 
  • Young Water Fellowship Program
    Antonella Vagliente, Young Water Solutions 

16:45 Panel discussion with questions and answers from the audience
Moderator: Shabana Abbas, Water Youth Network 

17:20 Closing remarks
Kanokphan Jongjarb and Hussam Hussein, SPCs 

17:30 End of session