Four women filling drinking water at farm. Photo: ImagesBazaar / Getty

While mostly impacted by adverse effects of climate change, it would be a mistake, to cast women as the victims or simply as under-resourced members of society; they represent perhaps the greatest source of untapped potential in the global effort to overcome the challenges of climate change. Their responsibilities in families, in communities, as care givers, farmers and as stewards of natural resources such as water make them uniquely positioned to develop strategies for adapting to changing environmental conditions for instance those related to water and sanitation. For this to be realised, it is not enough that they would be invited to provide their input. It is essential that they will be consulted/ asked about the barriers to their meaningful participation and the risks their face to unleash their potentials.

The session starts with introducing different tools/ methodologies, which have been used to identify/ map barriers/ risks which prevents women flourish their potential in climate and WASH sectors as well as results of their applications. This will be followed by brainstorming in 5 groups to discuss how the culture of cultivating untapped potentials of women in WASH, Water and Climate sectors to have a resilient society can be nourished.

Video: SIWI’s World Water Week / SEI YouTube


1. Welcome and introduction (5 min)

2. Scene setting—explanation around women, WASH and climate change (15 min)

3. During a panel discussion, four speakers will share different tools/methodologies that can be used to get more insight around women, WASH and climate change (35 min)

  • Sabiha Siddique will share about the Gender and WASH research conducted in Bangladesh, Nepal and Uganda
  • Jacob Baraza will share about the system change mapping in Kenya
  • Dr. Peeranan will share about the Gender Equality Monitoring tool
  • Carla Liera (SEI) will share about the Empowerment in WASH index
  • There will be space for a Q&A round

4. Group discussion on what has been discussed (20 min)

5. Wrap up and close of session (5 min)