WWAP Toolkit on Sex-Disaggregated Water Data

© C. Schubert (CCAFS)

To address the considerable data gap on gender and water issues at the global level, in 2014 WWAP launched a groundbreaking project to develop and test sex-disaggregated indicators for the collection of global water data.

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. Nonetheless, a 2013 Survey by the UN Statistical Commission reveals that gendered water data is among the least available of national-level indicators.

The percentage of countries “regularly” producing gender-disaggregated statistics on:



Labor force


Education & training






Access to sanitation


Access to clean water


Informal employment




45.2% of countries do not produce any gender statistics related to water.

WWAP  has therefore created a Toolkit for gender-sensitive water assessment and monitoring that provides users with a pioneering methodological framework and  with key-indicators to assess the current status of freshwater resources on national, regional and global scale.The toolkit includes:

  • list of high-priority gender–sensitive water indicators
  • methodology for collecting sex-disaggregated data on water resources
  • guidelines for data gathering
  • questionnaires for field surveys

Recognitions of the WWAP Toolkit on sex-disaggregated water data

• November 2014 (SA): The African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) officially recognizes the WWAP indicators to be used in water assessments and monitoring.

• 2015: WWAP indicators are included in the list of indicators identified for SD Goal 6 on water.

• 2015 - 2018 : WWAP Toolkit is tested and adopted as gender analysis tool for  transboundary water projects

• 2015 - 2019: WWAP Toolkit is included as gender analysis tool for  GEF IW projects  within the GEF IWLearn project

• March 2016: the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) recognizes the importance of sex-disaggregated data, and of the WWAP Toolkit for water data.

• September 2016: WWAP Toolkit is included in the Guidelines for Gender and Climate Change of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

In any occasion where the WWAP Water & Gender Toolkit -and all materials it contains or related to it- is either being used or referred to, it is required to add the following to indicate its source:

"United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). 2015. The WWAP Water & Gender Toolkit for Sex-disaggregated Water Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting. Gender & Water Series. Paris, UNESCO."

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