Advancing women’s legal rights to water
The event is organized in the frame (also) of the Commission on the Status of Women. It will engage participants in discussion on high-level findings and implications of a forthcoming 16-country assessment that compiles data on national level legal protection of community-based water rights and finds that laws are generally failing to protect women’s rights to use and govern water. The event will also highlight case studies demonstrating innovative mechanisms, including the use of gender dis-aggregated indicators and the role of social networks, to engage women actively in water governance. Participants will develop recommendations to the CSW on how lessons from the ground can help fill existing gaps in legal protections of women’s water rights. Legal recognition of community-based water rights are insufficient to enable realization of rural women’s water rights, including decision-making rights necessary for women to demand and equitably benefit from sustainable infrastructure investments. Poor access to infrastructure perpetuates women’s disproportionate burden in managing water for household and productive uses, limiting their ability to effectively engage in water governance. Specific legal gaps identified provide entry points for leveraging policy-related lessons learned from the highlighted case studies. The assessment provides comparative data on community-based water tenure, enabling women, communities, governments and partner institutions to tailor their advocacy for more effective protection of women’s water rights. The insights of the case studies will also inspire participants to think about how to replicate or scale such approaches and use them to address the legal gaps highlighted. Recommendations will be made for governments to create better conditions for women to pursue their legal rights.
Event info
Start date: March 19, 2019
End date: March 19, 2019
Organization: Women for Water Partnership and Environmental Law Institute

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