Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection – full discussion paper released

The full discussion paper, Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection, is now publicly available as an AWP publication.

Gender Equality and Goal 6: The Critical Connection (cover)

This paper expands on the framing paper for the High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW), by Melita Grant and Professor Juliet Willetts of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, and Chelsea Huggett and Jane Wilbur of WaterAid. The framing paper was prepared for the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) at the request of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and submitted in November 2016 to the HLPW.

Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection includes additional content and delves deeper into Gender Equality and Social Inclusion issues – supporting AWP’s commitment to GESI – and focuses primarily on the HLPW Action Plan’s ‘Water Governance’ and ‘Universal Access to Safe Water and Sanitation’ themes. It identifies key areas of action for the HLPW, and other international development actors and governments, which can contribute to more sustainable and effective water management outcomes for all people while decreasing the inequalities prevalent in many societies. It also provides a range of case studies and outlines the implications for improving policy and practice.

Gender Equality & Goal 6: The Critical Connection can be downloaded at

Photo: A Sanitation Action Group on a project with Welthungerhilfe, Zimbabwe, as part of the Civil Society WASH Fund (Credit: David Brazier, Civil Society WASH FMF/Palladium International).

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