WaterAid at the Commission on the Status of Women

Promoting Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment through Inclusive WASH Services & Infrastructure: CSW Parallel Event

March 20 2019, 12:30-2pm, Church Centre for the United Nations - 10th Floor

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Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a declared basic human right and is essential for achieving gender equality, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Unfortunately, many women and girls do not enjoy this human right, which is essential to their survival and dignity.

To elaborate on WASH as a precondition for gender equality, WaterAid will host a parallel event at the NGO CSW63 Forum in March 2019, in partnership with the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) – a pan-African membership-based feminist network with over 700 members across 46 African countries. This parallel event will be held on the margins of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), an annual meeting at UN Headquarters that brings together representatives of Member States, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world. CSW is the largest normative policy space dedicated solely to discussing and show-casing gender and women’s rights issues at the global level.

Panellists will present and model WASH projects and policies that have promoted gender equality and the empowerment of women. Following the presentations by panellists, an interactive discussion will take place engaging both the panellists in conversation with each other and the attendees of the event.