Fostering gender diversity in water sector jobs
About Equal Aqua
Equal Aqua is a global platform that supports gender diversity in water sector jobs.
The platform offers a series of tools, resources, and services to support gender equality efforts among water institutions around the world.
Equal Aqua connects utilities, associations, private sector companies, academia, and local and international associations.
It was established by the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, with the support of the Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), and in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), United Agency for International Development (USAID), and WaterAid.
Women are an untapped pool of talent for the water sector. As documented in the Women in Water Utilities: Breaking Barriers report, only 18 percent of water utility workers are female.
Moreover, they face many barriers to starting and advancing their careers in the water sector, including biases in the hiring process, inadequate family-friendly policies and fewer training opportunities. However, evidence shows that there are many solutions that can be implemented by water institutions to address these challenges, improve female representation in the sector and make the workplace more inclusive.
The Equal Aqua platform was established to address these critical challenges and to foster gender diversity and inclusion in the water sector. It hosts the largest global database on women in water jobs.
The Platform currently comprises twenty-three partners, including water utilities, private sector companies, international organizations and associations, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.
Women in Water Utilities: Breaking Barriers report
Inclusive Approaches in Water Workplace | Interactive database
Tools for diagnosing gender, diversity and inclusion in water and sanitation utilities | Webinar | January 19, 2023 (GWOPA, UTS, WB)
Practical Actions to Support Women in the WASH Workforce | Webinar | January 27, 2022 (UNICEF, UTS, WB)
Conquering the Unconscious Bias | Webinar | September 22, 2021
Fixing the Leaks: Retaining Female Talent in the Water Sector | Webinar | February 4, 2021
On-Demand Skills and Practices for Leaders (USAID) | VIdeo series