WaterWoman & Gates Foundation on Gender, Women and Water Careers at World Water Congress

WaterRising Institute, supported by WaterWoman Project Founding Partners SUEZ and Xylem, joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to talk about the importance of supporting women in water management at this year’s World Water Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Hosted by the International World Association, World Water Congress is the annual global event that brings together over 10,000 water professionals in the water sector to focus on water solutions to shape our water future. WaterRising Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation participated in WaterAid’s sessions, which focused on strengthening women’s independence through education and empowerment so that they can manage community water systems.

“There is an unprecedented water workforce crisis. To ‘take action together,’ we must solve the gender barrier in water management.”

Alicia Douglas, Founder of WaterRising Institute

“We discussed the importance of gender and how we can help support women in the industry, to be empowered to take on more positions of leadership, and really grow their careers solving all of the tremendous problems that our world faces in the sector, said Brian Arbogash, Director of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “It’s a great set of conversations and we’re very excited to be a part of it.”

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WaterWoman Project is the first women-led, diplomacy-driven initiative working to increase gender inclusivity to solve the water workforce crisis and accelerate progress toward United Nations SDGs 5, 6 and 14 by 2030. WaterRising Institute is a Detroit-based 501(C)3 nonprofit organization born out of the Flint water crisis. To learn more, visit

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