Inception meeting of the UN WWAP UNESCO Project for Gender Sensitive Water Monitoring Assessment and Reporting

UN WWAP Secretariat, UNESCO Office for Global Water Assessment, Villa La Colombella (Perugia), Italy,  June 12-13 2014 

The first phase of the project had concentrated its actions on the selection of a small number of priority indicators that WWAP developed and tested with its partners. In this regard, members of the Working Group came together for an inception meeting in June 2014 at the headquarters of the WWAP Secretariat, to move this agenda forward. 

The implementation of the first part of the project with the support of the Working Group made an important contribution in moving gender analysis forward to an explicit focus on transforming gender relations, not just accounting for them; a pivotal way to do this  was to develop data priorities that revealed the ways in which masculinity(ies) and femininity(ies) are constructed and the ways in which they operate in everyday life.

The inception meeting was devoted to an assessment of an almost 100-indicator long “wish list” of gender-disaggregated water data. The task for the Working Group was to set priority areas within this larger universe of data demand.  Discussions included:

  • the role of women in transboundary water diplomacy and dispute mitigation,
  • the importance of measuring the unaccounted-for water-related labor,
  • the importance of accounting for women’s participation in water associations and decision making 
  • the multi-dimensionality of the self and the fact that the same person is affected in the way he/she access water depending on: gender, race, ethnicicy, casts, economical class, and many other divides that are rarely grasped by indicators and statistics.
  • the importance of assessing water-related decision making at intra-household and supra-household (public) levels
  • the importance of deliverying a set of indicators readily available for the use of countries, organizations and development professionals
  • the importance of access to infrastructure and technologies, such as water-saving technologies and irrigation; 
  • the importance of access to water-related training and to financial and extension services
  • On the second day the Working Group identified 5 thematic “clusters” of indicators from which the final selection would be made:
  • Water governance
  • Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Decision-making and knowledge production
  • Transboundary water resources management
  • Water for income generation for industrial and agricultural uses, including unaccounted–for labour













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