Tuesday, March 8, 2022

International Women’s Day. How grassroots action by women is revolutionising the way water resources are being managed March 2022

 We must act as if we answer to, and only answer to, our ancestors, our children, and the unborn. — Amilcar Cabra

 

 

Join us in a LinkedIn live TODAY with two of the water changemakers,

  • Cindy Lorena Ospina Gallego (Colombia),
  • Ola Mamoun Ahmed Mohamed (Sudan) and
  • GWP’s Liza Debevec,

 

at 14.00-14.30 CET 

 



How grassroots action by women is revolutionising the way water resources are being managed

 

On International Women’s Day, GWP highlights how women around the world are battling gender inequality to take back control of their water resources.

8 March 2022 – Cindy Lorena Ospina Gallego admits her work is dangerous. She is not a soldier. She is not a stunt performer. She is a young person fighting for women to have access to water and sanitation in Las Colonias, Colombia – and that puts her at risk. 

“There is no agenda for gender; our regulations, especially for water and sanitation, are gender blind,” Cindy Lorena Ospina Gallego said. “In a country like Colombia, environmental and human rights activists take big risks and are killed on a regular basis.”

Despite this, Cindy has witnessed significant progress. Since forming the ECOLONIAS women’s collective in 2018, there have not only been improvements to the way water is managed but also new enterprises have been set up – run by women – to produce flowers, earthworms, and vermicompost. 

This is one of a range of grassroots success stories highlighted in a multimedia publication by the Global Water Partnership (GWP), released to coincide with International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8 March. The publication, Gender Equality in Water Governance: 10 Stories of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, celebrates the way women in all corners of the globe are continuing to fight for inclusion in water resources management. 

Despite tremendous progress on the ground, men still hold the power when it comes to top-level decision-making. A recent report released by GWP shows that more than 80 of the 168 countries surveyed had limited or non-existent gender objectives in their water management policies and plans.

Liza Debevec, Senior Gender and Social Inclusion Specialist at GWP, says much more needs to be done to remove barriers to meaningful participation of women in water resources management. 

“All projects must fully commit to undertaking a gender analysis of the local water management situation from the outset of their activity, so that all opportunities for and barriers to women’s participation are identified and addressed,” she explained. 

“When women are involved in the management of water resources, research shows that the results are better for everyone – economically, socially, and environmentally.” 

PublicationGender Equality in Water Governance: 10 Stories of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

The ten stories featured here demonstrate the power of women-led and women-focused multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) for fostering a more inclusive, equal, and water-secure world. These stories are part of GWP’s Water ChangeMaker Awards, a global competition which identifies and celebrates the work of groups and organisations that build water and climate resilience.

Full press release: How grassroots action by women is revolutionising the way water resources are being managed

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Join us in a LinkedIn live TODAY with two of the water changemakers, Cindy Lorena Ospina Gallego (Colombia), Ola Mamoun Ahmed Mohamed (Sudan) and GWP’s Liza Debevec, at 14.00-14.30 CET 


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