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COP27: Empowered Climate Resilience: Women as change-makers for water-sensitive climate action

Sharm El Sheik

November 16, 2022 | 12:15-1:45pm CAT

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Location: Water Pavilion / Livestreamed on the COP27 Water Pavilion website and the Cairo Water Week YouTube channel

Conveners: GIZ, SuSanA, SIWI, WaterAid, Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Women in Water Diplomacy Network, Forest Trends, African Women Sanitation Professionals Network, Greening Mua Environmental Initiative, RAWSA, GWP Central America, WASHfin

This session will explore how women engaging in resilience strategies, adaptation as well as mitigation activities across sectors provides broader benefits to communities. It will reflect the insights gained from the practice and policy of water resilience and draw a diverse picture of female engagement and gender equality. By providing concrete examples and lessons learnt from Latin America, Africa and Asia and from different sectors, we will discuss the merits of and need for including women more actively in water-related climate adaptation and mitigation to make policies and activities more effective and enable true resilience.  It aims at centering gender equality and enhancing engagement on the application of an intersectional gender lens in water-related climate adaptation and mitigation policies and activities to enable inclusive resilience.


  • Tanvi Oza, WaterAid
  • Elke Hüttner
  • Melita Grant, UTS and Water for Women
  • Fabiola Tábora, GWP Central America
  • Nada Elbohi, RAWSA MENA
  • Chaiwe Mushauko- Sanderse, SuSanA
  • Zenobia Quiruchi, GIZ Bolivia
  • Meena Bilgi, Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development
  • Gena Gammie, Forest Trends
  • Julienne Ndjiki, SIWI
  • Dr. Zodwa Dlamini, Women in Water Diplomacy Network Leadership Council Member
  • Malama Munkonge, AWSPN-ZC
  • Dr. Leticia Ackun, AfWA
  • Maren Heuvels, SuSanA
  • Juliet Willetts, UTS and Water for Women
  • Anton Earle, Director, SIWI Africa Regional Centre

A recording will be available on the Cairo Water Week YouTube Channel after the event.