Transforming the water and sanitation workforce: Diversity and Inclusion practices

International Water Association Gender equality in WASH

Target Audience

Water and sanitation practitioners, policy makers, government, academia, non-governmental and community-based organisations particularly in low- and middle-income countries.


This webinar is organised by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (a research institute of the University of Technology Sydney) in collaboration with the International Water Association’s initiative on Inclusive Urban Sanitation.

Women are under-represented in water and sanitation utilities, making up only 19% of employees and 20% of engineers (World Bank, 2019). Government roles and private enterprises in the sector reflect similar imbalances.

This webinar will equip participants with tools to address this critical issue by sharing the experiences of leading organisations and professionals in the water and sanitation sector and a purpose-built database of strategies used by these organisations to improve gender and inclusion in their workplaces. A panel of experts in the field will discuss the real-life challenges they have faced in creating change and disrupting the status quo, outlining the characteristics of an inclusive workplace and the benefits that flow from taking more inclusive approaches to their workforce development.

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Learning Objectives

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key gender and inclusion disparities in their organisations and other water sector workplaces.
  • Understand key points of intervention to improve equality and inclusion, and typical challenges faced.
  • Use a purpose-built database of strategies to take action in their workplace.


Additional Resources

Presentation slides: download it here

Q&A report: download here


Additional Materials:


International Water Association & University of Technology Sydney - Institute for Sustainable Futures


  • Juli Puspasari, R & D, Division Head of Development, Tirta Sanjiwani Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
  • Annabell Wagithi Waititu, Director of Programs, Big Five Africa Consulting Firm, Kenya
  • Juliet Willetts, Professor, University of Technology Sydney - Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS-ISF), Australia
  • Diana Makwaba, Managing Director, Nkana Water Supply and Sanitation Company Ltd, Zambia