The Equal Aqua Platform supports gender diversity in water sector jobs. The Platform, established in 2019, offers tools, resources, and services to support gender equality efforts among water institutions around the world.
Equal Aqua’s services consist of:
- Data collection and benchmarking
- Operational support
- Partnerships, capacity building, and knowledge exchange
For a brief summary of what Equal Aqua can offer your institution, click here.
Equal Aqua hosts the largest Global Database on Women in Water Jobs, relying on data from water institutions across the world.
Over 200 institutions have completed the Equal Aqua human resources (HR) survey.
To date, over 60 World Bank water operations have engaged with Equal Aqua and benefited from technical assistance.
This technical support is guided by a framework for gender equality in water employment. The framework covers gender equality challenges and solutions at four stages of the employee life cycle: attraction, recruitment, retention, and advancement. It can be applied by water institutions of all scales and scopes of operation.
Client institutions that complete the Equal Aqua HR survey (available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese), receive a confidential scorecard that benchmarks their performance on gender inclusion vis-à-vis other water institutions in their country, region, and the world. This diagnosis enables the design and implementation of customized solutions to address identified gender barriers. See examples of effective interventions at each employee life cycle stage.
It also supports women working in the water sector by providing a space where female engineers, managers, and other water workers can find information, training opportunities and tools to help them advance in their careers.
The Platform was established by the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, with the support of Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership (GWSP) and in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and WaterAid.
Equal Aqua is comprised of a diverse set of partners including water utilities, private sector companies, international organizations and associations, NGOs, and academia who contribute to its mission.
Self-paced e-Course | Water, Women and Jobs: Breaking Barriers to Female Employment in Water
Curso virtual asincrónico | Agua, mujeres y empleo: derribando barreras para el empleo de las mujeres en el sector del agua
Webinar | Tools for diagnosing gender, diversity and inclusion in water and sanitation utilities| January 19, 2023 (GWOPA, UTS, WB)
Webinar | Practical Actions to Support Women in the WASH Workforce | January 27, 2022 (UNICEF, UTS, WB)
Webinar | Fixing the Leaks: Retaining Female Talent in the Water Sector | February 4, 2021
For more webinars and events, please visit our online community here.