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Portraying Women Leadership in Water Cooperation

Arzu Ozyol is an active business woman who setup the first branch of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) in Turkey. She is the Vice President of UN relations with BPWI and the representative of BPWI for the Women for Water Partnership. She has a background as an environmental engineer and lectures at Yeditepe University in Turkey, furthermore she is the CEO of HYDRA Project and Consulting Co.



January 27th, 2015
Steering Committee member Diana Iskreva is the deputy Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Water and Health.

WfWP proudly announces that our Steering Committee member Diana Iskreva is recently elected as the deputy Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Water and Health.

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January 20th, 2015
Interview with Alice Bouman-Dentener at 2015 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference.

Our Honorary Founding President expressed her views in Zaragoza on the conference and on implementing sustainable water.

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January 20th, 2015
Views on progress, best practices and lessons learnt during the International decade for Action ‘Water for Life’ 2005 – 2015

A retrospection by Alice Bouman-Dentener, Honarary Founding President of WfWP.

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January 17th, 2015
Women for Water Partnership coordinated civil society pillar at the 2015 annual UN Water conference

The annual UN Water conference, which is organised by the UN Water for Life Decade Programme (UNW-DPAC) took place from 15 to 17 January in Zaragoza, Spain.

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September 12th, 2014
World Water Week Daily

The official World Water Week daily newspaper Stockholm Water Front summarizes the hectic WWW days. Shocking news is that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is faecally contaminated! Kusum Athukorala of NetWwater and active WfWP member also spoke her mind at the event and was portrayed in the issue of Friday, the 5th of September.

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September 11th, 2014
Call for Applications for Fellowships 2015-2016 for Women

The Schlumberger Foundation faculty for the future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or post-doctoral studies in the physical sciences, engineering and technology at leading universities abroad. The Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2015–2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 10th to November 14th, 2014.

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September 10th, 2014
Campaign #WaterForLifeVoices

The ’Water for Life’ Decade ends in 2015. The Decade has seen the recognition of the human right to water and sanitation and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water well in advance of the 2015 deadline. But what does this mean at ground level? Have these advancements improved your daily life? Did your water and sanitation situation improve? Have you benefited from the successes of the Decade?

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September 9th, 2014
Speech of President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen at SWWW

Mariet Verhoef- Cohen shared her views of gender-disaggregated indicators at the session of UNESCO- World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) during the World Water Week in Stockholm August 31- September 5.

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September 5th, 2014
SDC Strategic Partner of WfWP

In 2013 the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) and Women for Water Partnership agreed to a three year partnership for the period 2013 - 2015. SDC is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). The strategic partnership between SDC and WfWP is focussed on two issues: gender equality and water.

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September 5th, 2014
Stockholm Water Week Ends With Plea to Join UN in Talks

One of the premier water events of the year ended with a plea to the energy and agricultural industry to curb waste while improving efficiencies ahead of UN climate talks. Getting water on the agenda for negotiators at December talks in Lima, Peru, and Paris meetings next year is key.

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August 31st, 2014
The 3 L’s of Women’s Empowerment

As former French minister for various economic portfolios – including finance and employment, agriculture and fisheries, and trade – Christine Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She calls for opening the door to women’s learning, labour and leadership in the economy.

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August 29th, 2014
World Water Week in Stockholm

WfWP is participating in the World Water Week in Stockholm August 31 – September 5. WfWP is co-hosting the session of UNESCO-WWAP on gender disaggregated indicators. President Mariet Verhoef will represent WfWP's views during the session.

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August 25th, 2014
AMCOW AfricaSan Awards 2014

The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) is pleased to invite entries for the AMCOW AfricaSan Awards to be announced on the 10th October 2014 at AfricaSan 4. The AMCOW AfricaSan Awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding efforts and achievements in sanitation and hygiene in Africa which result in large-scale, sustainable behavior changes and tangible impacts.

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August 22nd, 2014
Interview with Josefina Maestu on the Water for Life UN-Water Best Practices Award

WfWP has been very involved in the Water for Life Decade from the United Nations and is very excited that the decade will be concluded with the 'Water for Life' UN-Water Best Practices Award in March 2015. Deadline to apply for the award is the 15th of September. Josefina Maestu, coordinator of the United Nations Office to Support the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life' 2005-2015 shares her thoughts on the award with us.

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August 20th, 2014
Kyoto World Water Grand Prize

Kyoto World Water Grand Prize - Candidatures are open

The World Water Council and the Japan Water Forum invite grassroots organizations from developing countries to submit their candidatures for the 4th edition of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize.

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July 23rd, 2014
Former WfWP President Alice Bouman elected as Chair of the European Water Stewardship

On July 3, 2014 the European Water Stewardship (EWS) held its first Members Council meeting at the Finish Permanent Mission in Brussels marking the formal establishment of EWS as an independent organisation.

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July 2nd, 2014
Gender Water & Development conference announces new dates 3 - 7 November 2014

The Gender Water & Development Conference originally planned to take place from 7-11 July 2014, in East London South Africa has been postponed till 3-7 November 2014. While the organisers acknowledge and regret the considerable inconvenience that may result from the change in dates, all partners and hosts have committed to making this important event a success.

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June 22nd, 2014
WfWP recently applied for (ECOSOC)

WfWP recently applied for United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC) consultative status, which is now pending review.

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June 19th, 2014
Honorary Founding President of WfWP Alice Bouman-Dentener on the GWD Conference

Honorary Founding President of WfWP Alice Bouman-Dentener tells us about her involvement in gender, water and development.

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June 16th, 2014
Interview new ED Annemiek Jenniskens

On 2nd of June Annemiek Jenniskens has started as executive director of Women for Water Partnership. She shares more about her background, first impression and inspiration to take up this position in a short interview.

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May 28th, 2014
President of Women for Water Partnership Mariet Verhoef- Cohen on GWD Conference

Prior to the GWD conference WfWP will be interviewing interesting participants of the conference to share their inspiring and fascinating stories. The President of Women for Water Partnership Mariet Verhoef- Cohen tells us about her involvement in gender, water and development.

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May 27th, 2014
WfWP: 10 years of women making a difference

During the 12th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12), WfWP was officially launched as a WSSD-type2 partnership. We have since been the voice of women in water matters, worldwide, and have raised the profile of women in the water sector, both in a professional capacity and as an important interest group in society.

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May 19th, 2014
WfWP former SC member winner of Zonta Women of Achievement Award 2014

NetWwater Chair and former SC- member of WfWP Mrs. Kusum Athukorala  is winner of the Zonta Woman of Achievement award 2014 inf the catagary Environment.

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May 8th, 2014
Women empowerment for WASH access in rural Uganda

After installation of the rain water harvesting tanks for Women’s household in 2013, the 1st quarter of 2014 Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) reports construction of Rainwater Harvesting units and construction of toilets for two schools and three VIP latrines and one eco-san toilet in four women groupmembers’ households has been completed.

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April 28th, 2014
WfWP presents case study on 1st African Water Integrity Learning Summit

On the African Water Integrity Learning Summit in Lusaka, 29 and 30 April 2014, Women for Water Partnership Steering Committee member, Africa Coordinator, Asha W. Abdulrahman will present the case study “Social Accountability Approach to Rainwater Harvesting for Mwihoko Women group” demonstrating social accountability tools, by lessons learned and impacts on integrity.

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April 17th, 2014
Menstrual Hygiene Day 2014

Menstrual Hygiene Day creates a united voice for women and girls around the world, helping to break the silence and confront the taboos that often prohibit girls and women from reaching their full potential.

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April 1st, 2014
WfWP elected a new President

Women for Water Partnership announced today that Mariet Verhoef-Cohen succeeded Founding President Alice Bouman-Dentener as President of the organisation as from 1st April 2014. Mariet was elected by the Women for Water Partnership General Assembly.

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March 22nd, 2014
Gender-Water-Development: the untapped connection
WfWP message on the occasion of World Water Day 2014
Water is the source of life. We depend on it for our well-being and development. With the world population growing and developing at an accelerated pace, meeting the current and future water needs for domestic uses, food, energy, economic activities and healthy ecosystems is one of the prime challenges of our time.
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March 16th, 2014
CSW 58
Women for Water Partnership was proud to support core sponsors, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swiss Mission, South African Mission and Mexican Mission to the United Nations at a side event at the Commission for the Status of Women 58 on 11 March 2014.
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