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Water for Women

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Water for Women is supporting improved health, gender equality and wellbeing in Asian and Pacific communities through socially inclusive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects. Gender equality and social inclusion are central to Water for Women. Actively involving all people within communities (women, men, marginalised groups, people with disabilities) ensures more equitable and inclusive processes, which lead to more effective and sustainable outcomes in water, sanitation and hygiene.

Water for Women is the Australian Government’s flagship WASH program and is being delivered as part of Australia’s development assistance program, investing AUD 154.9 million over 7 years from 2018 to 2024. Water for Women is partnering withCivil Society Organisations to deliverWASH projects in 16 countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Over the course of the Fund, we have supported over 3.4 million people including the most marginalised within these communities.

Research is an important element of Water for Women. We aim to raise the bar in terms of gender and socially inclusive research, analysis, design and program delivery in WASH, and in doing so, to lead practice globally. In partnership with research organisations, Water for Women is supporting research projects that aim to address gaps in research knowledge and WASH project delivery. Fourteen Innovation & Impact projects are contributing to ongoing research and development in Water for Women as a way of strengthening the use of new evidence, innovation and practice for inclusive, accessible, sustainable and climate-resilient WASH.

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