Gender and Water

Gender issues play a vital role in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and other international agreements related to water and sanitation. As such, gender is a focus of UN-Water and UNW-DPC actively took part in its Task Force on this topic, coordinated by UNDESA.

At the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul 2009 UNW-DPC, along with other members of the UN-Water Task Force on Gender and Water, organized a special sessionon "Health, Dignity and Economic Progress: a way forward to gender equity." Previously, UNW-DPC had co-organized with UN DESA an Expert Meeting Group on Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation as part of an Expert Group Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in December 2008 in New York. This was followed by a publication in UNW-DPC's "Knowledge" series, "Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation".

Ongoing activities in this area include bringing in gender aspects in major events and publications, such as by including gender perspectives when organizing stakeholder dialogues and high-level panels for UN-Water at major world conferences.

UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue

UNW-DPC co-organized the annual UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue at World Water Week, led this time by the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communications (UNW-DPAC) on the topic of "Triggering Action on Water through the Post-2015 Agenda". The session was held on Sunday, 1 September from 2-5:30 p.m and broadcast live via webcast. Click here to download the video of the session and here for the flyer.

UNW-DPC at Stockholm World Water Week

UNW-DPC, together with UNW-DPAC and WWAP, organized a UN-Water Stakeholder Dialogue on August 22nd entitled "Beyond 2015: What Next for Water-Related MDGs and Water Challenges?", at the 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm, in addition to participation in numerous other events and presentations. The session had representation with expert views on gender issues and from different regions in developing countries. Click here to view the report for the event, and here for the video.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

UNW-DPC was actively involved in this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (20-22 June 2011 in Bonn, Germany) on “Human rights and globalization - challenges to the media.” Together with UNW-DPAC, UNW-DPC organized a Journalists Training Workshop on Sunday, June 20th, and co-organized a well-attended session on "Water and Sanitation as a Human Right" at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, as well as co-organizing the UN-Water stand at the event. Catarina de Albuquerque (pictured left), UN Independent Expert on the Issue of Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, was one of the panel members. Photographs of the session can be found here, and click here for link to the session video.

Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation (Knowledge No 1)

This is the first publication in the Knowledge Publication Series and is a follow-up of the Expert Meeting Group on Gender-disaggregated Data on Water and Sanitation (United Nations Headquarters New York, USA, 2-3 December 2008), jointly organized by UNW-DPC and UN DESA. With this publication UNW-DPC and UN DESA hope to serve policy makers, experts and water managers involved in monitoring and planning water and sanitation programmes and policies regarding flexible and gender-sensitive strategies for sustainable access to and use of water and sanitation.Please download the publication here (high/low resolution).