From a gender perspective, the role of women in both accessing water and managing water resources needs to be addressed. Women are not a homogenous, vulnerable group, they are individuals who can be empowered to be part of planning and achieving a more sustainable future. Women are eager to participate in the honing of weather and climate services to answer to their need for accessible water supplies and to assist them in management of water resources.
Life is not possible without water and there is no substitute. We drink it, grow food with it, cook with it, bathe in it and use it for sanitation. We use it to create the goods and services that drive our global economy.
Big gender imbalances and inequities exist in the area of water and these will be exacerbated by climate variability and change. These imbalances – skewed toward men – hamper effective water provision, water policy formulation, water management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
How can we improve integrated water resources management, ensuring that all stakeholders in a basin or aquifer, especially women, take part? How can we promote the role of women in climate change adaptation at all levels: family, community, national and international?
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