Gender in WASH partnerships, workforce and impact assessment

This research aims to provide a strengthened evidence base on partnerships with gender and women’s rights organisations as well as gender equality in WASH workforce development. It will also develop a multi-dimensional index, and complementary qualitative methodologies, to assess attributable impacts of WASH on gender equality. 

Despite increasing attention to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the WASH sector, there remain major gaps in evidence and guidance for practitioners and policy-makers. Three cross-cutting themes of women’s voice and leadership, intersectionality and empowerment draw on feminist theory and gender and development literature and underpin the research approach.

In this project UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures is partnering with five civil society organisations (iDE, Plan International, Thrive Networks, SNV and WaterAid), two universities (Universitas Indonesia and Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e) and three specialist organisations (International Women’s Development Agency, Edge Effect and CBM Australia) across Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal and Timor-Leste.

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Cambodia

Partnered with iDE Cambodia and Thrive Networks Cambodia Water for Women Projects

Nepal

Partnered with SNV Nepal Water for Women Project

Timor-Leste

Partnered with WaterAid Timor Water for Women Project

Indonesia

Partnered with Plan Indonesia Water for Women Project

Team and partners

Professor Juliet Willetts

Professor Juliet Willetts

Research Director
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Naomi Carrard

Naomi Carrard

Research Principal
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Melita Grant

Melita Grant

Research Principal
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Simone Soeters

Simone Soeters

Research Consultant
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Research outputs

Women’s empowerment: Sharpening our focus

To meaningfully contribute to women’s empowerment, development programs need to support transformation of the economic, political and social structures within which women in all their diversity live.

Gender equality and women in WASH enterprises in Cambodia: A synthesis of studies

This synthesis of recent studies compiles literature and practical experiences of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working with women in WASH enterprises in Cambodia.

Intersectionality: Ask the other question

The international development sector is aware that multiple sources of disadvantage and discrimination impact peoples’ lives, and that marginalisation is magnified when these overlap and intersect.

Gender equality and women in WASH enterprises in Cambodia: Summary Overview

This summary provides an overview of the “Gender equality and women in WASH enterprises in Cambodia” synthesis of studies.

Leadership and voice: More than ‘add women and stir’

Transformative development requires women in all their diversity to have opportunities to lead and have their voices heard.