Gender in Focus for GWP at International Freshwater Conference

Posted: 2012-10-29

The “International Conference on Fresh Water Governance for Sustainable Development” takes place in Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensburg (KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa on 5-7 November 2012. Organised by the Water Research Commission and the Department of Water Affairs – South Africa together with GWP Southern Africa among other collaborators, the conference aims to discuss and debate governance related issues at various levels.

The diversified programme allows for scientific exchange, panel discussions, open debates, youth and young water professionals participation, a gender special session mainly focusing on the implementation of the Africa Gender Strategy. GWP Executive Secretary Dr Ania Grobicki, Senior Officer Global Initiatives Mercy Dikito-Wachtmeister, GWP Southern Africa Executive Secretary Ruth Beukman and Senior Programme Officer Andrew Takawira will participate in the conference.

GWP and Water Research Commission (WRC) will co-convene a Gender Side Event “Bridging the Gender Gap in Water Governance”, in partnership with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the Institute for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Pretoria and Cap-Net. The session aims to explore the changes desired in policies to lead to more gender sensitive approaches in developmental water management. It will strive to share lessons and frame future gender related research questions.

The findings from the planned session will feed into the GWP Gender Strategy, currently under elaboration to be ready at the end of the year. It is also aimed at identifying priority areas for the implementation of the AMCOW gender strategies and prioritising research areas for advancing gender in water resources management in Africa.

Read more about the conference.


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