UN WWAP UNESCO Project for Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting
The UN World Water Assessment Programme has launched a groundbreaking project to develop and test the collection of key gender-disaggregated water data.
WWAP is developing a priority set of gender-sensitive indicators and a gender-disaggregated data methodology that will then be tested in the field by Member States in different regions.
This project will produce a comprehensive methodology for gender-disaggregated data gathering and will yield the first-ever set of gender-disaggregated data on topics such as women's water empowerment and participation in water-decision making.
There is universal agreement in international and national policy circles that the collection of gender-disaggregated water indicators is of the utmost importance and priority.
For years, UN agencies, NGOs, governments, activists, and water experts have been calling for a systematic approach to collecting gender-disaggregated water indicators. This project answers those calls. This ambitious project to disaggregate water data by gender is needed now more than ever: given global commitments to gender equality, and in light of the importance of water as a resource, given the many different threats to water resources the world’s policymakers and decision-makers need baseline gender-disaggregated data.
This project will prove the value of gender-disaggregated data and will provide strong support for the monitoring of current MDGs and post-2015 development goals. It will:
- support the SDGs;
- build capacity for national gender-disaggregation data-gathering projects;
- demonstrate the value of gender-disaggregated data and make the case (to national leaders and policy-makers) for gender mainstreaming;
- create baseline knowledge related to water, from which gender progress can later be evaluated;
- serve as a basis for advocating change towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The need is great. A 2013 survey by the UN Statistical Commission reveals that gendered water data is among the least available of national-level indicators :
Percentage of countries “regularly” producing gender-disaggregated statistics on:
- Mortality 85% (highest)
- Labour force 83%
- Education & training 81%
- Poverty 71%
- Agriculture 44%
- Access to sanitation 39%
- Access to clean water 37% (4th lowest % of 22 indicators)
- Informal employment 37%
- Media 15%
45.2% of countries do not produce any gender statistics related to water.
WWAP’s project will help countries to change these statistics.