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Gender Equality & Goal 6: the Critical Connection

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Goal 6) to ‘ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’ requires explicit attention to gender equality and inclusion. Universal access to safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and appropriate management of water resources will only be achieved if the rights of women and marginalised people are fulfilled. The integrated SDGs present a timely opportunity for all actors, at all levels, to explicitly address gender discrimination and inequality, and to proactively facilitate women’s voice, participation and empowerment. As explored in this Discussion Paper, implementation of Goal 6 and the High Level Panel on Water Action Plan can significantly contribute to gender equality in both water resources management and WASH, and by doing so they will contribute to more sustainable and effective water management outcomes for all people, while decreasing the inequalities prevalent in many societies. (Published in 2017)

25 Mar 2020

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Gender Equality & Goal 6: the Critical Connection.pdf