Oxfam hosts ‘Women and Water Dialogue’ on World Water Day
“Celebrating the roles of women in leading and managing water resources”
In a single day, women and girls across the world spend a total of 152 million hours collecting water for domestic use. This time constrains their ability to participate in local governance structures and educational opportunities according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.
The theme of 27th World Water Day this year, March 22, is “Leave No One Behind”. Oxfam together with partners, River Coalition Cambodia, Institute of Technology Cambodia and Royal University of Phnom Penh, take this opportunity to host “Women and Water Dialogue” at Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Center (CKCC) of the Royal University of Phnom Penh on 22 March 2019, 1-5PM, to discuss the role of women in leading and managing water resources.
“We wish to share the experience and knowledge of women-led water resource management and governance to wider stakeholders to learn, share ideas, increase awareness and build on personal connections,” said Socheata Sim, Oxfam Mekong Regional Water Governance Manager. “This will help us all to address the issues of gender inequality in the context of water resources management and conservation.”
There’re approximately 300 representatives from ministries, CSOs, NGOs, researchers, academics, and young people who are working in the fields of gender, women’s empowerment and natural resource management.
Water is foundational to sustainable development -from health, to climate, to industry, to equity, and more. It is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and working together for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Solinn Lim, Country Director of Oxfam in Cambodia, said: “Women bears the highest burden and consequences of unsustainable management of water resources that are transboundary. They have the solutions to the complex problems of water governance. World leaders should listen to them”
Oxfam has worked with governments, civil society, river networks, researchers, academics, developers and private sectors, youth and indigenous groups with a special focus on gender in water governance for over 15 years.
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