Gender & Youth Hub

at the United Nations 2023 Water Conference
in New York City

To set the agenda for the United Nations 2023 Water Conference, WaterWoman Project and NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs will kick off the summit’s first convening in 47 years with the Gender & Youth Hub on Sunday, March 19, 2023. The Gender & Youth Hub is the only platform providing high-level discussion and a call for partnership action centered on gender and youth.

As essential voices in the climate resiliency conversation, women and youth are key to addressing our urgent water challenges, including the global workforce emergency created by record-level retirement, staffing shortages and a lack of gender representation. The Hub will focus on opportunities for water resiliency, like smart water technology and other gender-inclusive water jobs that provide sustainable careers with purpose geared toward protecting our most important resource in a changing climate.

Leaders across government, utilities, private industry, associations, NGOs, consumer brands, and philanthropy will explore the importance of water management in protecting public health and the environment. Speakers will dive deep into strategies, like circular approaches to managing water risk, diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and on-the-job training program innovation. Role models will share their inspiration and how water jobs can provide sustainable careers with that become a calling, especially for women and nonbinary people of color who are underrepresented in the water workforce.

Attendees will include STEM students, young professionals (YPs) and mid-career workers from the NYC metro area and beyond.

WaterWoman Project

WaterWoman Project is the first women-led, diplomacy-driven initiative working to increase gender parity to solve the water workforce crisis. The first program of WaterRising Institute, a United States-based 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, WaterWoman Project increases gender parity and inclusive decision-making in water management to accelerate progress toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 5 (Gender Equality), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) and 14 (Life Below Water) by 2030.

UN 2023 Water Conference

With its first convening in 47 years, the United Nations 2023 Water Conference will take place March 22-24, 2023 in New York City to accelerate global momentum toward Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, through multi-sector partnership commitments to action on water resiliency.