Women & Water

Nearly one-third of the world’s population lacks access to clean water. In many parts of the world, women bear primary responsibility for finding and collecting water to meet basic needs such as cooking, cleaning and hygiene. In some countries, water collection can take up to 60 percent of women’s working time. Water collection diverts time away from more productive economic activities and pursuits. Women’s care burden is also increased by lack of access to clean water and the prevalence of water-borne disease among children. Despite the clear connection between women and water, it is mostly men who make decisions about water resource management and development. Including a gender dimension increases the effectiveness and sustainability of water management planning and programming.

Macroeconomics and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

This report is the culmination of a two-day experts meeting, “Macroeconomics and the Rights to Water and Sanitation,” which took place in Lisbon, Portugal from March 31 to April 1, 2011. The meeting was organized as a means to contribute to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation’s work on gender equality and macroeconomics. To this end the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur brought together economists, researchers and advocacy specialists working from a feminist perspective to offer analyses and recommendations.


The Right to Water in the Americas

Upcoming lecture at Rutgers University

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University invite you to a public Lecture by Marcela Olivera, Bolivian water rights activist and 2011 Visiting Global Associate.  The lecture will be held in the RDJC Building at 4pm on October 25th, 2011.

Please RSVP to rsvp@cwgl.rutgers.edu by October 18th.

Green Jobs: Improving the Climate for Gender Equality, Too

Climate change is not gender neutral.

Women are increasingly being seen as more vulnerable than men to the effects of climate change because they represent the majority of the world’s poor and are proportionally more dependent on threatened natural resources. What is more, women tend to play a greater role than men in natural resource management – farming, planting, protecting and caring for seedlings and small trees – and in ensuring nutrition and as care providers for their families.


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