Advancing towards gender mainstreaming in water resources management

In many developing countries, women are the de facto water decision makers in households. Research suggests that when women are involved in the management of water resources, their communities achieve better economic and environmental benefits. As the world’s population grows and climate change intensifies water scarcity, women are key to providing more sustainable access to this finite resource. Last year, GWP was one of the agencies involved in the data collection to measure the progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicator 6.5.1 – the degree of implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). As part of the survey, carried out in 186 countries, gender-related questions were also asked. To find out more behind the numbers, GWP did further analysis and carried out in-depth interviews in 23 countries. The findings are now available in “Advancing towards gender mainstreaming in water resources management.”

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