Women and Rivers Congress 2024

Over 120 women leaders will join together next week for the Asia Women and Rivers Congress.

The Asia Women and Rivers Congress will bring together women leaders from riverine and indigenous communities, civil society, academia, and policymakers to discuss water, energy, and climate change challenges that are faced in transboundary river basins that flow across South and Southeast Asia. The participants will share their experiences and knowledge, and plan collaborative strategies for women’s-led river protection campaigns and responses to the challenges they face. Together they will recognize World Environment Day on June 5th by celebrating each other’s contributions to our work, communities, and rivers

Spotlight on Asia:

Water conflict in Asia has largely been between river developers and local communities adversely impacted by development projects. This is increased by the challenges of climate change. In spite of clear linkages between gender, water, energy, and climate change, women’s roles and leadership have not been a significant part of the discourse in #TransboundaryWater management. Women in Asia manage and disproportionately bear the negative impacts of water and energy provisioning fundamental to household and community sustenance needs. Although women have experience, ideas, and knowledge of how to manage these resources, their views are rarely sought at decision-making levels. Understanding the ways in which gender shapes policy over the sustainable management of our natural resources when faced with climate change and the differing needs and positions of women and men, is crucial to addressing poverty and ensuring sustainability.

Learn more ➡️ https://www.womenandrivers.com/women-and-rivers-congress/asia-women-and-rivers-congress-2024