Gender, Water and Development Conference
The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), recognizing the significant issues pertaining to water and gender in the continent, have developed a gender and water strategy. This strategy has seven key themes:
- Formulating and implementing gender in water policy
- Mobilising strategic human and financial resources
- Implementing project interventions through economic empowerment and other gendered approaches
- Undertaking, sharing and implementing strategic research and operational knowledge
- Mainstreaming gender through human and institutional capacity development
- Mechanisms to promote cooperation and coordination for mainstreaming gender in the water sector
- Monitoring and evaluation systems to support gender equality in the water sector
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 a conference on gender and water to address how best these seven issues can be addressed, in a meaningful and practical way that will make a real difference to the lives of poor women and men in Africa. It is our challenge, as water practitioners and researchers, as development activists, as civil servants, and as people with a passion to see things change, to find practical ways of addressing the gender and water challenges across the continent.
The Gender, Water and Development Conference aims to bring together a wide range of people from inside and outside the water sector to engage, debate and find solutions to these challenges, and through this to assist AMCOW, African countries and other developing nations to address the developmental challenges of gender, poverty and water.