ABOUT EWIWA

Ethiopian Women in Water Association (EWIWA)

Water is a strategic resource and an essential element of security. Its sustainable, fair, and efficient management requires dedicated and qualified professionals, who have both the necessary expertise and enjoy the trust of the water users.

A stronger commitment to both gender equality and social inclusion is needed in the water sector for sustainable management and development. Women have critical roles to play in water resources management and protection. Despite the evidence that engaging women in water governance is good policy, a gender gap persists in the water sector. Participation of Women in key decision-making processes or participating in initiatives connected to water whether, at the local, institutional, or political level is very low or scarce. When women are included, they often confront major obstacles including male resistance and stereotypical perceptions that women lack the ability to engage in technical discussions.

At first glance, water management might seem like a technical issue that lacks a gender perspective. However, as women and men have different roles and responsibilities in a society, they also have different knowledge and experience in relation to the management of water.

Water scarcity in Ethiopia proves to be a burden for women, causing them to sacrifice work, education, money, and providing for their families. Many do not have a choice but to make the long treks to retrieve clean water, but several organizations use their resources and funds to build water sources for Ethiopians.

Ethiopian Women in Water Association is established to empower, create networking opportunities, increase the visibility of professional women, and enhance women's participation and leadership in the sector.

Currently, the participation of qualified and professional women in water topics at high, middle, low, and expert levels is minimal and, in some places, non-existent. Sometime, those professionals even face difficulty of getting back to the workforce & their previous position for example, after giving birth and carrying out other social and cultural obligations. Therefore, the EWIW association will create a platform to share ideas, capacity-building trainings, experience exchange opportunities, the network to empower, or encourage women, and ultimately contribute to gender balance and diversity in the sector.

The association also facilitates the inclusion of women in water discussions which will lead to better decision-making, improved resource management, and a fresh perspective on the development of the society.

EWIWA SUCCESS STORY

27 Apr 2022

1st General Assembly Meeting

1st General Assembly Meeting

27 Apr 2022

15 Nov 2022

Accorded Legal Personality

Accorded Legal Personality

23 Dec 2022

2nd General Assembly Meeting

2nd General Assembly Meeting

23 Dec 2022

14 Feb 2023

Transformative Futures for Water Security (TFWS) Final Conference

Transformative Futures for Water Security (TFWS) Final Conference 14-17 Feb 2023

06 March 2023

CGM High-Level MSHs Conference

CGM High-Level MSHs Conference 06 March 2023

06 March 2023

09 March 2023

Valuing Water Event

Valuing Water Event 09 March 2023

14 Mar 2023

International Women's Day Celebration

International Women's Day Celebration 14-15 March 2023

14 Mar 2023

20 Mar 2023

UN 2023 Water Conference & Other Side Events

UN 2023 Water Conference & Other Side Events 20-24 March 2023

02 May 2023

The First Extra Ordering Meeting

The First Extra Ordering Meeting 02-04 May 2023

02 May 2023

24 June 2023

3rd General Assembly and 1st Annual Conference

3rd General Assembly and 1st Annual Conference 24-25 June 2023

26 Jun 2023

Exhibitor on Ethiopia 11th WASH, Water Resources Management and Energy Multi-Stakeholder Forum

Exhibitor on Ethiopia 11th WASH, Water Resources Management and Energy Multi-Stakeholder Forum 26-27 June 2023

26 Jun 2023

21 Jul 2023

Experience Sharing Event

Experience Sharing Event 21 July 2023

18 Aug 2023

TFWS Working Group Meeting

TFWS Working Group Meeting 18 Aug 2023

18 Aug 2023

20 Sep 2023

Project Proposals Presentation on Multistakeholder Coalition of Gender and Water call for action, Mexico City

Project Proposals Presentation on Multistakeholder Coalition of Gender and Water call for action, Mexico City 20-22 Sep 2023
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SKILLS OUR EXPERIENCE

Members Qualification Composition

PHD Holders40%
MSc/MA Holders35%
BSc/BA Holders20%
Others5%
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