Women and water: on the frontline of climate change
The climate crisis is deepening the devastating impact of widespread gender inequality. As stewards of water, women and girls confront the effects of climate change every day, yet often lack the decision-making power to influence commitments of climate finance to water security.
The webinar ‘Women and water: on the frontline of climate change’ was hosted by the United Nations University - Institute for Water Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), The Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development and WaterAid. The key objectives were to discuss and demonstrate the following points:
- Gender responsive climate finance must include water security, sanitation and hygiene towards water-related adaptation finance.
- To ensure women's expertise and experience as proactive adaptation actors are elevated in decision making, their voices and leadership are essential in platforms of power.
- Bridging the gap between locally led water security and WASH actors and global climate finance dialogues requires participative and cooperative engagement across all levels.
The webinar included statements by the Governments of Mozambique and Madagascar and presentations by UNU-INWEH, WaterAid and the African Development Bank to demonstrate data and evidence, pathways for gender equality and the essential element of gender-responsive climate finance that includes investment in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
Download the slides (PDF), and watch the webinar below:
Statement by Madagascar's Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development
Download a transcript of the above statement in English et français (PDF).
AfDB (2021) Water Policy.
Caretta et al (2022) Water. In: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (PDF). (Sections 4.6.4 Adaptation in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector; 4.8.3 Gender, Equity and Social Justice)
UNU-INWEH (2022) Water Security in Africa: A Preliminary Assessment.
UNU-INWEH (2022) Quantification of Water-Gender Interlinkages for Greater Inclusivity.