212280 Women and water resource management: Addressing gender inequity to realize Millennium Development Goals

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:30 AM

Gopal Sankaran, MD, DrPH, CHES , Department of Health, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Women and girls in traditional societies have been assigned the role and responsibility for identification and retrieval of water for household use. The WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation reported in 2008 that 13 percent of the world's population (884 million people), with the largest proportion living in Sub-Saharan Africa, currently consumes water from unimproved drinking water sources. The unimproved water sources are often at a distance from where women and girls reside. This results in their spending considerable length of time to reach and obtain water for their households. These daily activities, in turn, result in missed opportunities such as schooling and gainful employment. In addition, women experience adverse health events such as interpersonal violence. This paper, through an empirical analysis of available evidence from multiple sources, addresses three issues: i) the impact of gender inequity in water resource management on women and girls in developing nations; ii) the urgent need to address the gender inequity for realizing water and other related MDGs by 2015; and iii) proven strategies to empower women in water resource management in developing nations

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1. Identify at least two adverse effects of gender inequity in water resource management on women and girls in developing nations. 2. Specify at least one strategy to ensure gender equity in water resource management in developing nations. 3. Explain how establishing gender equity in water resource management would benefit developing nations make progress towards their MDGs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I researched the topic, gathered the necessary data, and developed the abstract and the paper. Have over 25 years experience in global health as a teacher, trainer and researcher. Experience and expertise as a public health physician with work experience in both resource poor and resource rich settings
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.