Women in Water Diplomacy: Middle East and North Africa - New Report

16 Mar 2021 by The Water Diplomat
GENEVA, Switzerland

A new comparative study conducted by the Geneva Water Hub and partners identifies the similarities and the differences in the challenges faced by female water experts across Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and identifies capacity building requirements with respect to various skills of a 21st century water diplomat.

Read full report HERE.

The report is a collaborative effort of the Global Water Partnership -Mediterranean (GWP-Med) and Geneva Water Hub (GWH) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). The work included technical “mapping” on the current status and challenges facing women in water diplomacy/ and transboundary water cooperation settings. Efforts capitalised on the methodology used for a similar mapping exercise undertaken in 2018 in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

The current project updated previous findings and included Egypt and Morocco in its scope.

The report establishes a “baseline” for each country that includes progress to date, constraints experienced, and an overall assessment of the current “status” of women in the water sector in the respective country.

The study produced detailed comparative information using education and experience parameters and interrogated almost 100 water professionals in the region examined.

A 15 March virtual launch session included comments from the speakers as well as input from the funders and other key contributors. 

The date of 15 March was chosen as virtual “bridge” between International Women’s Day on March 8 and World Water Day on 22 March.