Gender Equality, Disability, and Social Inclusion

We have a societal responsibility to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are included and accounted for in water allocation and management processes and outcomes. This priority is intrinsic in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. Some people—such as the poorest of the poor, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and women—are most often excluded from decision-making processes. However, the realisation of the human right to water and sanitation will only be fully achieved when all people are able to benefit equally from development.

While water resources management has evolved from technical disciplines of engineering, science, water data management, modelling, hydro-economics and the like, it is ultimately a social and political domain. Australia has a lot to contribute to these efforts, not because we have solved gender, disability and other inequalities in our own country, but because we have an increasing focus on GEDSI in aid investments. The explicit inclusion of GEDSI in development initiatives has been associated with more sustainable development outcomes and more effective impacts.

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Do you have these challenges?

  • Learning how to identify and analyse GEDSI barriers, opportunities and risks
  • Knowing that you have enough resources (human, financial, technical) for achieving GEDSI outcomes
  • Being sure that your monitoring and evaluation system collects data that is disaggregated by sex, age, and disability, and includes indicators to measure GEDSI
  • Being confident that your work does no harm to women, people with disabilities, or marginalised groups
  • Knowing what initiatives to include to promote and increase GEDSI outcomes

Want to learn more about…

  • What GEDSI means
  • How to implement GEDSI
  • How to do (or commission) a GEDSI analysis
  • How to promote your GEDSI efforts
  • What risks could emerge by not being GEDSI sensitive
  • Global experiences of GEDSI and water resource management
  • GEDSI and SDG5 and SDG6

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