09.11.2015 - UNESCOPRESS

Monitoring global water with a gender perspective

Paris, 6 November—The UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP) of UNESCO is releasing on 9 November the Technical Paper on ‘Sex-disaggregated indicators for water assessment, monitoring and reporting’, within the framework of the 38th session of General Conference at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.

The Paper is part of the WWAP Toolkit for Gender Sensitive Water-monitoring, Assessment and Reporting, which contains an innovative multi-user methodology, a list of high-priority indicators, a guideline manual and a questionnaire for practitioners in the field for collecting sex-disaggregated data in water-related issues.

The toolkit captures quantitative and qualitative data on water and gender issues, providing the baseline for gender sensitive decision making in the water sector, with a view to promoting gender equality, a UNESCO priority.

No water assessment can be realistic without a gender perspective, and no decision-making is inclusive unless both women and men participate in the process.

The WWAP Toolkit for the collection of sex-disaggregated data sets out to transform the way water is managed.

This is the result of the collaboration between WWAP and over 30 international experts of the Working Group on Sex Disaggregated Indicators. It seeks to meet the requirements of the United Nations, which in September adopted the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development with a clear emphasis on the need for data disaggregated by gender (cf UNGA Resolution A/70/L.1, 2015).

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