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“We must leverage women's voice and influence in water governance”— Åsa Regnér

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the World Water Week celebration in Stockholm on 27 August More

From where I stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women’s leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women’s unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles. More

Expert Group Meeting discusses strengthening gender mainstreaming efforts in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

Friday, January 12, 2018

UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, on 14–15 December 2017, to strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts in the WASH sector. The report has been released today. More

Rural women tackle drought-affected Mozambique’s rise in child marriage

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More than 2 million people across Mozambique, especially in the southern and central regions, have been affected by severe drought since 2015. The prolonged crisis has exhausted household food stock, disrupted lives and livelihood. For Mozambican women and girls, who are primarily responsible for managing food and water for their families, the drought has also meant increased work burden and earlier marriages, leading to lost childhood, education and opportunities. More

In pastoral communities of Kenya, women bear the brunt of drought

Friday, June 16, 2017

UN Women is working with Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority to ensure that all interventions to address the drought take into considerations the unique vulnerabilities of women and children. More

From where I stand: Lorraine Kakaza

Monday, July 18, 2016

Lorraine Kakaza is a community monitor volunteer from South Africa who uses podcasts to explain how unsafe water impacts women in her community. More

From where I stand: Sita Shrestha

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sita Shrestha, 19, took part in a two-day training on leadership organized by the UN Women-supported women’s group SAATHI, in Nepal, following which she helped construct a tap and organize villagers to turn a natural water source into a public space they could share. More

“Water and sanitation…is MDG unfinished business” — Executive Director

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Speech by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Launch of the Liberia and Sierra Leone Regional WEE/WASH Programme on 17 March 2016 in New York More

From where I stand: Surayo Mirzoyeva

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Surayo Mirzoyeva, 41, took part in a self-help group supported by the UN Women project “Empowering abandoned wives of migrant workers in Tajikistan,” which has provided more than 3,000 villagers in Fathobod, Tajikistan, with clean drinking water. More

Collecting and carrying water, burdensome reality for women

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ahead of World Water Day, UN Women highlights the urgent need to reverse the disproportionate burden on women to provide water for their families. More

Speech by John Hendra on “Feminization of Poverty in Rural Areas”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Remarks by John Hendra, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, at a side event on “Feminization of Poverty in Rural Areas”, New York, 13 March 2014. More

Remarks by John Hendra at a side event on Women and Water: Multipliers of Development

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme John Hendra, at a side event on Women and Water: Multipliers of Development, New York, 11 March 2014 More

To improve data collection, UN agrees on ground-breaking gender indicators

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The need to set concrete targets and indicators for a future global development agenda will be made easier due to the recent agreement by the United Nations Statistical Commission on a new set of gender-specific indicators, which will also measure more accurately the prevalence of violence against women and girls. More

Dar es Salaam meeting brings women to the table on extractive industries

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A ministerial-level meeting on incorporating gender into extractive industries and natural resource management kicks off on today in Dar es Salaam, bringing together 30 participants from government, civil society, and the United Nations. The two-day meeting marks the beginning of a new partnership between Publish What You Pay and UN Women. More

On World Water Day, UN Women spotlights the need to ensure access to drinking water and sanitation for all

Thursday, March 21, 2013

On World Water Day, UN Women is calling attention to the urgent need to increase access to clean water and basic sanitation and to support the initiative of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to enhance progress on sanitation ahead of the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). More

Tanzanian Women bring safe drinking water to their communities

Thursday, March 21, 2013

With water cooperation as the focus of this year’s World Water Day (22 March), we highlight the experience of the Kingolwira village in Tanzania, where water is scarce but women’s leadership and the community-wide construction of a small dam is now ensuring an equitable distribution of clean water. More

Joint Statement: End water and sanitation inequalities in the future development agenda

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, UNICEF, UN Women, WaterAid and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. New York, 21 February 2013. More

Gender perspectives on water and food security

Friday, August 31, 2012

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the Closing Plenary Session of the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, 31 August 2012. More

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: the power behind successful sustainable development

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the High Level Ministerial meeting ‘Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: the power behind successful sustainable development' Rio de Janeiro, 20 June 2012. More

Circles of life: Community groups in Zimbabwe turn early warnings into early action

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For years Beauty, 52, carried out menial tasks in return for food in Mashonaland East, a rural district in Zimbabwe. She couldn't sell at the city market because it was considered neither safe nor appropriate for women in her community, where vendors routinely wait overnight for markets to open. She was little involved in village decisions about its agricultural or economic affairs. More

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