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GENDER-DISAGGREGATED DATA ON WATER AND

Participants of the Expert Group Meeting on Gender and Water, United Nations, December 2008

Ms Joni Seager, gender expert, Ms Sascha Gabizon from Women in Europe for a Common Future – WECF and Mr Rolf Luyendijk from UNICEF offered overview presentations on the state of gender- disaggregated data in international data collection and monitoring systems and programs and addressed the challenges of data collection within the Joint Monitoring Program. Subsequently, the participants discussed regional differences in the collection of gender-disaggregated data on water and sanitation. The shared conclusion was that in most regions scarcely any data disaggregated by gender are collected, and the problem is especially acute in Asia and Africa.

Ms Christine Sijbesma from IRC (International Resource Center), Ms Siegmen Staphorst representing the National Women’s Movement in Suriname, Ms Lakech Haile from the Ethiopian Ministry of Water Resources and Ms Carolyn Sachs FAO consultant and agricultural specialist presented assessments of the challenges, failures, best practices, and lessons learned from specific projects involving the development of gender-disaggregated WATSAN data.

During working group sessions, a comprehensive list of obstacles to collecting gender-disaggregated data on water and sanitation was developed, and in successive sessions participants discussed priorities for data and developed a common list of core data needs. Presentations by Ms Nicola Jones (Overseas Development Institute), Ms Joke Muylwijk (Gender & Water Alliance), Ms Hortencia Uribe (National Institute of Geography Statistics and Information, Mexico) and Mr Francois Brikke (the World Bank) focused on “ways ahead” and future directions for work on gender-disaggregated data. Mr Henk van Norden (UNICEF) moderated a discussion on key institutional interventions needed. The EGM concluded with a consensus on a slate of Recommendations.

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