How can water empower women? Join the debate
Sunlight convenes World Water Week panel
More and more communities around the world are forced to survive with limited access to clean water, and the burden of collecting water usually falls on the shoulders of women and girls. It is estimated that women spend 200 million hours every single day collecting water. This is time that women could use to generate an income, get an education or support their community.
“Wherever there is poverty, women suffer more than men, because we are the ones looking after the house and the children. So if other women have access to a water centre they will have enough time for themselves and their families.” – Mnguswn, from Sankera, Nigeria, who is one of the women to benefit from a water centre.
Unilever is supporting World Water Week 2015. As part of the Week’s events, Unilever’s hand-dishwash brand, Sunlight will be hosting a multi-sector debate to discuss how to improve water access and what such improvements could do to effect women’s empowerment.
Panellists will share their progress and experience, and the debate aims to stimulate further ideas for change.
The panel will bring together some of the world’s leading figures in the field of water including:
- Andy Bastable, Head of Water and Sanitation, Oxfam
- Barbara Frost, CEO, WaterAid
- Anu Sridharan, CEO, NextDrop
- Michela Miletto, World Water Assessment Programme, UNESCO
- Hanneke Willenborg, Global VP Dishwash, Unilever.
The discussion will be opened by Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN Water, closed by The Honourable Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, South African Minister of Water and Sanitation, and moderated by Lesha Witmer, Women for Water Partnership.