Water institutions and service providers face unprecedented challenges, linked to urbanization, climate change, water scarcity and financial pressures. This requires strengthening the water workforce, which in turn entails drawing on the best available talent and diverse skill sets. Yet, women and other excluded groups are starkly underrepresented in water jobs. According to the World Bank’s Women in Water Utilities: Breaking Barriers report, less than 1 in 5 of water utility workers are female. Moreover, they face many barriers to starting and advancing their careers in the water sector, However, there are many practical actions that a water institution can introduce to enhance diversity and inclusion in its workforce, retain staff, attract the best possible talent and thereby strengthen its operations and performance.
This online course guides participants through the steps of identifying barriers that prevent women from participating and advancing their careers in the water sector and equips them with approaches and tools to address those very barriers. At the end of the course, participants will gain deep understanding of what can be done to improve women’s opportunities to access better jobs in water.