Gender, water and jobs

The ILO and UN Women have carried out three country studies on the present situation of unpaid work in water supply carried out by girls and women in Panama, the Philippines and Senegal. These country studies and a summary report will be validated in a workshop on campus from 28 to 30 April.

Twenty experts will discuss, in English, French and Spanish, the inter-linkages between gender equality, water provisions and decent work on the basis of the three case studies.

As a result of the process, the consultants who prepared the studies will produce papers exploring the following elements of the experience in the three countries.

Broad gender patterns and biases in the overall labour market and in the distribution of unpaid work in the country, to provide the context for in-depth analyses of specific water–related issues based on up-to-date labour market statistics, time use data and relevant case studies.

Water needs and the terms and characteristics of water provision at national or regional levels, with special attention to how family members cope with poor water infrastructure.

Policy options to incorporate women who work informally in the water supply chain into the formal economy in order to promote job creation, the empowerment of women and environmentally sustainable development, based on policies such as guaranteed rural employment programmes.

Promising projects or policy initiatives in the water sector, at local and national level, that could promote decent jobs for women.

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