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.
Partnered with iDE Cambodia and Thrive Networks Cambodia Water for Women Projects
Partnered with SNV Nepal Water for Women Project
Partnered with WaterAid Timor Water for Women Project
Partnered with Plan Indonesia Water for Women Project
Team and partners
Piloting of the WASH-GEM tool in Cambodia and Nepal started last year and has already provided invaluable insights into ways the tool, and associated processes, can be improved.
ISF piloted the women in the WASH workforce research approach in Cambodia at the Commune and District levels with partner East Meets West Foundation (EMW).
Interesting and thought-provoking conversations took place at the first Water for Women Fund Learning Event which took place in Bangkok in March 2019.
This synthesis of recent studies compiles literature and practical experiences of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working with women in WASH enterprises in Cambodia.
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.
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.
Transformative development requires women in all their diversity to have opportunities to lead and have their voices heard.