Women and Water

Increasing the participation of women in water management for the benefit of all


Date: Sunday 17 September 5:30-8:30 PM
Location: Arbour Lounge, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: $75
Dress: Smart casual

Understanding gender roles is important in managing the world’s water, recognised by the United Nations and proven to result in more efficient water management. In the developing world, women are often the principal water managers at the family level—but have been frequently excluded from high-level decision.

The Women and Water special event, organised by the International RiverFoundation, provides a forum for perspectives on the significance of rivers and waters to gender and culture, recognising women as agents of change and plan for a more equitable water future. The event will feature a panel discussion alongside informal networking, food and beverages.

• A/Prof Eva Abal, Adviser – Strategic Projects and Partnerships, International WaterCentre

Panel members:
– Dr Anne Poelina, conference keynote and indigenous Australian (Western Australia)
– Dr Deborah Nias, CEO Murray-Darling Wetlands Working Group (South Australia)
– Ms Marie Cabriole, 2017 Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women recipient (Laguna, Philippines)
– Ms Suparana Katyaini, 2016 Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women recipient (India)


Discussion points:
• Has women’s participation in water management improved in your country over the last 10 years, and how was this achieved?
• What have been the benefits of increased participation?
• What are the barriers you’ve experienced/witnessed and how can they be overcome?