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Gender & Water Day

The fifth thematic day of COP27 focused on "Gender & Water". As noted by Sandra Norval CEnv, SocEnv Vice Chair and Honorary Treasurer: "[These are] two of the most fundamental themes because without either life would not exist. We simply cannot survive without water and at the other end of the scale too much water washes lives and livelihoods away. Invariably it is women that bear the burden of the impacts of climate change too. Two major themes, independently vital and intertwined at the same time. It’s time women were at every table, fully represented in discussions on climate, water scarcity, flooding and pollution. COP27 must change the narrative, we’ve had our warnings. It’s time for action."

What happened on Gender & Water Day?

Attending COP27 as part of SocEnv’s virtual delegation, Sandra Norval CEnv shared her live reactions as she accessed summit discussions. Follow/ connect with Sandra on LinkedIn to find out more.

While also attending COP27, IEMA’s CEO Sarah Mukherjee MBE discusses her and other women’s experiences, as well as observations on the issue of water for many countries, in her latest blog. Read more here. You can also follow/ connect with Sarah for more insights while she’s in Egypt.

Water Resources East published their draft Regional Water Resources Plan. They are calling for all comments and feedback on the draft plan to be submitted by 20th February 2023. Find out more here.

Southern Water also published their water resource management plans, open for consultation until 20 February, as well as their updated Drought Plan. Find out more here.

The G7 launched the “Global Shield” climate fund, designed to provide funding to countries suffering climate disasters. Find out more here.

A number of events took place that can be watched back, including a High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance, the Water Pavilion event programme and interviews with a number of leading climate voices via COP-TV.


Further reading on Water & Gender:

UN intro: Gender and Climate Change About: 2023 UN Water Conference CIWEM article: sponge soils About Drought Hub Diverse Sustainability Initiative CIWEM: Let's talk WEM podcast CEnv blog: water quality in rivers Institute of Water magazine


UN Interview with Executive Secretary UNCCD UN interview with Ko Barrett, IPCC Vice Chair
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