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 increases gender parity and promotes more inclusive access decision-making in water management to accelerate progress toward UN SDGs 5, 6 and 14 by 2030. We see a prime opportunity to build a gender-inclusive and community-centered workforce as the water sector transitions to smart technologies. Striving for gender parity will ensure women and nonbinary are represented in leadership and at all employment levels. To learn more, visit

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