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Corinne Wallace - ‘Small investments can advance major changes.’ Senior Research Fellow Corinne Schuster-Wallace is the Programme Officer of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. Corinne is active at the water-health nexus and stresses the importance of small investments both in people and in infrastructure and how they can make the difference.

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October 15th, 2014
Global Handwashing day

Each year, over 200 million people are involved in celebrations in over 100 countries around the world. Global Handwashing is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals.

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October 7th, 2014
Homegardening project by Network of Women Water Professionals

WfWP member NetWwater is carrying out a homegardening project in Sri Lanka. A training program has been planned to be held for 50 women farmers in October 2014. The most important feature is that these women will become catalysts for climate smart agriculture within their communities, which are currently undergoing major water stress and the training will therefore have in-system replicability.

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October 6th, 2014
World Habitat Day 2014 puts spotlight on slums

World Habitat Day will focus this year on slums. This is our opportunity to talk about water and sanitation in the poorest areas of the world’s ever-swelling cities. In 2012, 828 million people were living in slum conditions, lacking basic services such as drinking water and sanitation. This number is increasing by 6 million each year to hit a total of 889 million by 2020.

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October 2nd, 2014
UNU INWEH

In 2013 UNU INWEH (United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and WfWP joined forces to develop “evidence for change”. Co-operation is based on common interests in researching the specific role of social women’s networks in achieving sustainable development; community education and empowerment; development of tools for assessing community needs; indicators, best practices, & lessons learned for successful sustainable water initiatives; network mapping.

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October 1st, 2014
WfWP member MAMA-86 helps children-refugees from the Eastern Ukraine by providing basic hygene products

The team of MAMA-86 Kyiv Office supported an action of humanitarian aid to children-refugees from the Eastern regions of Ukraine.Volunteers of MAMA-86 delivered to children the most necessary personal hygiene products, as well as toys, books, albums for drawing, etc. MAMA-86’s members and friends took part in the humanitarian action for kids.

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October 1st, 2014
Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, is very proud to present her new publication: Realising the human rights to water and sanitation: A handbook

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September 29th, 2014
UN Women

UN Women and WfWP reached an agreement in August 2013 for the project: Women’s Economic Empowerment. UN Women, the UN Water for Life Decade Programme for Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) and WfWP took up the initiative to develop a resource base for Women Leadership in Water. This database brings the role of women in effective water governance at all levels, both in their individual capacity and as a Major Group in society to the fore.

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September 24th, 2014
Launch of the 4th edition of the international water and film festival

The 4th edition of the International “Water and Film” Events (IWFE) will take place in Daegu and Gyeongbuk (South Korea) during the 7th World Water Forum (April 2015). On this occasion, the International Secretariat for Water (ISW)2 invites movie directors, producers, water stakeholders, youth, and all citizens who wish to express their views on water issues, to participate in this competition.

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September 22nd, 2014
GWD Conference Chair Barbara Schreiner

WfWP is co-hosting The International Conference Gender-Water-Development (GWD): the untapped connection. This conference will take place in East London, South Africa from November 3-7. Prior to this conference WfWP will be interviewing interesting participants of the conference to share their inspiring and fascinating stories. This week the Conference Chair Barbara Schreiner tells us about her involvement in gender, water and development.

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September 22nd, 2014
Video competition for Gender Water & Development Conference In East London South Africa from 3-7 November 2014

As part of the Gender Water & Development Conference the organisers are looking for Digital Storytellers (amateur and professional) to share their stories from around the globe with us. The video competition is still open for entries and will close 10 October 2014.

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September 22nd, 2014
Gender Water & Development Conference 3-7 November 2014

The inaugural Gender Water & Development Conference with the theme “The Untapped Connection”  will take place In East London South Africa from  3-7 November 2014. The Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, AMCOW, SADC and the Women for Water Partnership, are hosting the conference.

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September 17th, 2014
EUWI Stakeholders meeting at SWWW

SC member Diana Iskreva made a statement during the European Water Initiative Multi Stakeholder Platform (EUWI MSP) Stakeholders meeting.

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September 17th, 2014
Member involvement WWF 7, 2015 requested

Additional to the centralized efforts done by the SC and Secretariat to get WfWP adequately positioned for the WWF 7, SC and Secretariat entered into negotiations with the coordinators of the Regional process towards WWF 7 and opens avenues for WfWP member organizations located in Europe, Africa and Asian and Pacific to enter into the Regional process towards WWF 7.

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September 16th, 2014
Global Water Partnership launched gender strategy at SWWW

On Wednesday September 3, GWP Chair Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss launched the Gender Strategy of the Global Water Partnership at Stockholm World Water Week. WfWP President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen spoke at the occasion. HFP Alice Bouman-Dentener was praised for her core contributions in drafting the strategy which was done in cooperation with the GWP regions and the GWP secretariat.
 

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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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March 8th, 2014
Happy International Women’s Day ...and don’t forget the Water!
NetWwater Chair and former WfWP Steering Committee member, Kusum Athukorala spoke for women and water on the occasion of International Women's Day 2014.
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March 8th, 2014
Happy International Women’s Day
But do not forget the water… Water is the source of life. We depend on water for our well-being and development. Not having access to this vital resource severely hampers women in their social and economic development.
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February 5th, 2014
Women, Water and Energy

WfWP President Alice Bouman-Dentener has addressed the interlinkages between water and energy at the annual UN Water conference in Zaragoza. Using the case of Mweteni village in Tanzania, where Tegemeo Women Group plays a central role in achieving water security for all.

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February 5th, 2014
Wilton Park

Wilton Park report on Climate Resilient Agricultural Systems now available. WOFAN has represented Women for Water Partnership in this Wilton Park conference in April 2013 The WOFAN case is referred to on page 9 of the report.

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January 14th, 2014
World Water Day 2014

An announcement of the World Water Day 2014 the main event of which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on 20 and 21 March.There will be many events around the world to celebrate World Water Day 2014. The theme is water and energy.

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January 3rd, 2014
Water for Life Decade
2014 UN-Water Annual International Zaragoza Conference. Preparing for World Water Day 2014: Partnerships for improving water and energy access, efficiency and sustainability. 13-16 January 2014.
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