Monday, August 12, 2013


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Gender, Water and Development

The Water Research Commission of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, AMCOW, SADC and the Women for Water Partnership, are hosting a conference on gender and water on February 19-21, 2014.

We call for proposals for both paper presentations and other forms of engagement from researchers, policymakers, activists and practitioners who work in the arena of gender and water infrastructure, access, use, governance and management. With this spread we want to reflect the diverse roles played by community members and leaders, civil society, policy makers, researchers and practitioners in the intersect between gender, class, race and water.

With this conference we have the following specific objectives:

  • To enhance networking and collaboration, especially the sharing of ideas, research findings  and methodologies that will enhance the promotion of gender equity in the water and development sectors.
  • To facilitate dialogue on practical empowerment of poor women and men in relation to water.
  • To facilitate exchange of information and dialogue between different role players in gender, water and development, in particular between development practitioners, researchers and policy makers.
  • To identify and foster partnerships for future research collaboration, action and policy implementation.
  • To inform and strengthen the operationalisation of policies for gender equity in water management, in particular the AMCOW gender strategy and other gender strategies developed by Regional Economic Communities and others.
  • To identify robust gender and water management strategies based upon action research.
  • To incorporate the mentorship of a new generation of young researchers and activist scholars across the above mentioned institutional sites.
  • To create a vibrant community of practitioners by enabling gender and water collaboration across the African continent and other continents.
  • To create energetic discourse and cross-learning between relevant sectors and sub-sectors.

The expected outcomes are therefore implementation and practice-based and the format of the conference aims to maximise participation, knowledge sharing and to facilitate the building of networks and bridges to enhance future collaboration.  The intention is also to find innovative and creative ways to address  problems and to ensure the future roll-out, buy-in and ultimate success of implementation of  policies, procedures and programmes that mainstream gender in the water sector.

More information.

Deadline: September 15, 2013

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