The Hague, The Netherlands
The main goal of the discussion is to call attention to the low percentage of women working in the western water sector and to come forward with solutions. Visitors of the Fair and Forum will be asked to fill out a questionnaire on gender issues and the results obtained will be used as input for the panel discussion. The questionnaire will also be held under participants of the Ministerial Conference on March 21st and 22nd.
The 2nd World Water Forum (The Hague, March 17 -22) will have a strong focus on Water & Gender. Two workshops address women's participation issues across the globe: the ‘Water & Gender Major Group’ and the ‘Business Women Water Professionals Session’. The panel discussion at the Fair will focus on the position of women in the water sector in western countries.
The panel members include members from different branches of the water sector: Mrs Ir. Thea de Roos-van Rooden (dike-reeve, The Netherlands), Mrs. Prof. Monica Porto (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil), Mrs Ir. Kusum Athukorala (Steering Committee GWP, Sri Lanka) and Mr Ingvar Andersson (UNDP, USA). The discussion is hosted by Mrs Violet Falkenburg (well-known talk-show host in The Netherlands) and will last one hour.
Some of the discussion questions are:
Mrs drs. Annelies Verstand (State Secretary, Department of Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands) will attend the discussion and will receive the results of the questionnaire held under Forum and Fairvisitors. These results, as well as the results of the questionaire held under participants of the Ministerial Conference, will be published at GAIA’s website and in a pressrelease on March 22nd.
- What are the opinions of the Fair- and Forum visitors about the participation of women in the western water sector?
- What is the added value of an increasing amount of women working in the western water sector? What kind of measures should be taken?
- What can be learned from developing countries about gender and gender mainstreaming in the water sector?
- How can women's networks contribute to the integration of women in the water sector?