14.05.2019 - Natural Sciences Sector

The 2019 Water & Gender Toolkit has been launched

The covers of the 4 tools of the UNESCO WWAP 2019 Toolkit on Sex-disaggregated Water Data

On 13 May, during the UNESCO International Water Conference at UNESCO HQ (Paris, France), the panel ‘Thirsty for change: Promoting a gender-responsive approach to achieve water security’ took place from 15.30 to 17.00.

During this panel, WWAP presented for the first time the new ‘UNESCO WWAP Toolkit on Sex-disaggregated Water Data’. Currently, a data gap on water and gender still exists, which forms a major obstacle to the production of scientific evidence of gender inequality.

Currently, a data gap on water and gender still exists, which forms a major obstacle to the production of scientific evidence of gender inequality. The 2019 Toolkit is based upon the 2015 Toolkit but takes into account the 2030 Agenda and its interconnected SDGs, as well as incorporates lessons learnt from field-testing. This set of innovative Tools aims to provide a baseline for the collection of sex-disaggregated water data.

The new Toolkit consists of four tools (which can be downloaded free through the below links):

The unique gender-responsive indicators developed by WWAP were created for the following 10 priority topics (Tool 1):

  1. Gender-responsive water governance;
  2. Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene;
  3. Gender-specific knowledge resources;
  4. Transboundary water management;
  5. Water for agricultural uses;
  6. Water for industry and enterprise;
  7. Human rights-based water resources management (new);
  8. Water, migration, displacement and climate change (new);
  9. Indigenous and traditional knowledge, and community water rights (new); and
  10. Water education and training (new).

This 2019 Water and Gender Toolkit is designed to help decision makers adopt data-driven, gender-transformative water policies and reach those left behind. In this way, it may help inform policy-oriented action and bring about concrete changes to advance gender equality, the latter being essential to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Strengthening gender equality in water management can further strengthen social inclusion, improve environmental sustainability and ensure food security on a global scale.




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