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Billions of people in rural and urban communities around the world have difficulty in accessing clean and safe water resources. The WHO estimates that more than 5 billion people may live in prolonged water shortage and water-stressed areas in 2025 and that the situation may further worsen in many developing countries. Water has strong gender dimensions both in accessing clean water and water utilization in various household, agricultural and industrial sectors. According to UN-Water, in many countries, the presence or absence of safe and sufficient water supply and improved sanitation facilities has a disproportionate effect on the lives of women and girls. In many rural areas, women and girls have the burden of fetching water for daily use from remote areas, and in doing so often face violence and harassment. The lack of adequate access to water also particularly affects them because of their specific needs for personal hygiene.

A critical prerequisite for achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) No. 5 (Gender Equality), No. 6 (Clean Water), and No. 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) is a better understanding of the status of the role and engagement of women in the safe use and management of water resources and their empowerment. The issues involved go beyond access and household use and include water pollution control, water conservation in agriculture as well as technological innovation. Even though the role and participation of women are generally recognized as critical, according to the WHO report on a gender perspective, women’s participation in water sectors other than at the household level is considerably less than that of men. Women are also less acquainted with and exposed to the available scientific, eco-friendly water management strategies and technologies. This gender discrimination varies from region to region.

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Workshop Objectives

The proposed International Workshop will address gender-related issues in water resource management in developing countries. The objective is to highlight the role and the status of women in water use and management and to identify feasible strategies to empower them in the overall water governance.

It is proposed to bring together experts from the NAM and other developing countries in water science, related ecosystem and services and socio-economic sectors as well as members of planning and policy groups working towards gender equity. With keynote plenaries and technical sessions, the Workshop will allow to share information and ideas from widely differing cultural and environmental settings, and to develop recommendations for appropriate policy actions.

Targeted Participants

Researchers, scientists, technocrats, innovators, government officials and policy makers, legal experts, and representatives from industry and non-government organizations - who are engaged in the field of environment, health, water management, social science, technology and any related experts, are invited to participate in this Workshop. The combination of participants from various developing countries will allow the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences as well as opportunities for global networking and collaboration

English will be the official language of the programme.

Resource Persons

The resource persons for the Workshop will comprise eminent experts and professionals in the relevant fields from India and abroad.

Topics to be Covered

Water Use and Gender Issues

Water resources and conflict with gender equality

Women empowerment

Access to sanitation

Changing the culture of neglect

Water borne diseases, sources and solutions.

Food production and water resource

New and Eco-friendly Technologies

Improving drinking water quality

Improving water quality for irrigation

Low-cost water monitoring

Renewable energy-based water supply and irrigation

Regional and local water harvesting and water reuse

Point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatmen

Awareness and Policy

Water policies and regulations: Design and implementation challenges

Policy recommendations and Action Plan for the Governments

Public acceptance of new technologies for water

Capacity building

Working with industry and NGOs to influence policy makers

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