Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of Women for Water Partnership
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – 8TH MARCH 2022
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements, whilst calling for Gender Equality and access to clean water.
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 5, to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls, linked to SDG 6, Water for all for all purposes, is the highlight and focus of Women for Water Partnership. WfWP fights for equality for Women which creates Progress for All, including progress for women in the water sector.
Water disasters have an enormous impact, mostly on women, mainly due to climate change and man-made conflicts. And these conflicts are not women-made disasters.
In these disturbing times our thoughts go out to our WfWP members in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, where women are forced to flee from their beloved countries to bring their children and older people in safety and leave their husbands behind.
Already there are stories that there is a major scarcity of water, no sanitation, toilets, soap, nappies and sanitary towels. An absolute need for women and children to stay healthy and strong and struggle their way to freedom. We urge the support / humanitarian organisations to make sure that these necessities like water and sanitary towels are provided in abundance.
On 8th March Women for Water Partnership will show the world that there are still inequalities, and that women, especially the women in war zones, Ukrainian women at this very moment, but also our sisters in the Middle East need support. At the same time, we will celebrate the achievements of all women worldwide.
WOMEN FOR WATER PARTNERSHIP
Please also look at the 8th March Statement from AquaFed
THE WORLD WATER FORUM
‘ROAD TO DAKAR’
WILL TAKE PLACE IN SENEGAL
FROM 20TH MARCH – 25TH MARCH 2022
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, Rose Mwangi and Lesha Witmer will be present on behalf of Women for Water Partnership (WfWP).
WFWP IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE ORGANISATION AND PREPARATION OF THIS FORUM, interalia:
SUNDAY 20TH MARCH at the Novotel in Dakar from 9.00 -13.00 hrs.– THE WOMEN’S DIALOGUE EVENT – with mentoring sessions and a panel, mainly organized by AFRICAN WOMEN organisations.
WfWP TOGETHER WITH AQUAFED and support of 5 exhibitioners is organizing SEVERAL FLASHMOBS WHERE YOUNG (FEMALE) PROFESIONALS DISCUSS WITH EMPLOYERS
We will be speakers on the topics of the call for action on gender equality : “Accelerating gender equality in the water domain: the way forward" (SS10), on rural development and irrigation (session 2E4) and session 3B5 ““Promoting knowledge and tools for collaboration and benefit-sharing on transboundary water resources”.
WfWP as steering committee member has inputted into the political messages of the Butterfly Effect:
Butterfly Effect Policy paper WWForum March 2022
ALSO AQUAFED TOGETHER WITH WfWP STATED
Political messages for the Forum
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Sunday March 20th:
Women, Water, Climate:
The Way Forward
Women, Water and Climate: Tackling the Challenges – our South Asia webinar featuring the catalytic role of women in water management which led to substantial improvements in their lives and that of their communities !
White Paper on engineering a welcome contribution to realisation of SDG 6:
The role of engineers in the effort to achieve SDG 6.