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  • assess the nature of changes in the use and collection of data that might be necessary to support a gender-informed water and sanitation agenda.

A group of more than 20 gender, water, sanitation, and data experts was convened (see participants list, Annex). The participants included scholars, policy-makers and project specialists from a range of backgrounds across development work, grassroots organizing, academia, governmental and NGO sectors; collectively, they brought decades of experience in these intersecting fields. Participants came from Chile, Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Mexico, Suriname, Peru, UK, Netherlands, Germany, and Canada and represented several international organizations and institutions including UNDESA, UNICEF- JMP, the World Bank, UNIFEM, Overseas Development Institute, the Gender and Water Alliance, Water Aid, IRC, UNDP, Women for Water Partnership, Women in Europe for a Common Future, and UNW-DPC.

2 | Participation and Presentations

The EGM proceeded through two days of working sessions, presentations, and structured examinations of core issues.

Mr Tariq Banuri, Director of the Division of Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, Ms Charlotte van der Schaaf, UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), and Ms Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson, UNDESA Senior Sustainable Development Officer and Chair of the UN Water and Gender Task Force, convened the EGM with welcoming remarks and observations about the importance of taking gender into account in all WATSAN activities. Mr Banuri highlighted the particular importance of two issues: access of women and men to water and sanitation, and their equal participation in decision-making bodies and emphasized that without gender-disaggregated data it will be problematic to measure the real impact of water and sanitation programs and projects. Ms van der Schaaf underlined the importance of developing the capacity of institutions for collecting and monitoring gendered data for mainstreaming gender into water supply and sanitation programs and projects. Ms Robinson highlighted the role of the UN Water and Gender Taskforce in monitoring progress and visibility of these issues.

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