Women in Water Utilities: Breaking Barriers

The crucial role women play in managing and safeguarding water at the domestic and community level has long been recognized. Across the world, women and girls bear the brunt of collecting water—often from long distances or in harsh conditions—and usually bear responsibility for household hygiene and sanitation needs. What has been less explored is the intersection between water, gender, and employment. Water is a crucial source of jobs, both directly, as an employer in water services, and indirectly, through the economic opportunities that depend on water