Water and Gender (WAGI)

The Water and Gender (WAGI) Community of Practice gathers a group of interdisciplinary researchers interested in how gender relationship shape access to water and the ability to benefit from it, and how, in turn, improved water access can contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality. The COP has recently been created and currently all its members are IWMI researchers but we would like to broaden the membership beyond IWMI and the CGIAR.

Our research covers a wide range of scales from international frameworks on women’s rights to water, to basin-wide sex-disaggregated data on access to water, to in-depth analyses of community and intra-household level power relations and dynamics related to water access and management.


Our objectives

Provide a platform for researchers to:

  • be updated about current research on gender and water,
  • identify fruitful synergies and opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaborations,
  • identify relevant events or publications where we can collectively present our work,
  • access and contribute to shared resources on water and gender (endnote library, sharepoint of publications, etc)


Our activities

Quarterly meetings on Skype.

Joint presence at conferences: we organised two panel sessions on feminist political ecology and the commons at the International Association of the Commons (IASC) biannual Conference in Utrecht, July 2017.

Joint publications: we put together a multi-country synthesis paper on gender and food security (2017) and are preparing a special issue on feminist political ecology and the commons (2019).


Our tools

A Sharepoint site with relevant literature on gender and water, categorised in different topics (technologies, women’s empowerment, food security, migration etc.).

A Slack discussion platform.

A shared Endnote library.

Find out more about the WAGI community: Contact Liza Debevec (l.debevec [at] cgiar.org)