Challenges of gender equality revealed at World Water Day event

The role women play in the sustainability of water resources management is often overlooked — a reality. FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) and the Women’s Studies Center recently joined forces to explore this issue as a prelude to World Water Day 2013, which was established by the United Nations to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

In many societies – especially in the developing world – women often bear the responsibility for household water supply and related tasks, such as food production, cleaning, washing and waste disposal. FIU brought today’s leading thinkers and practitioners together to expose and debate key challenges of integrated water resources management, with an eye towards the role of women in ensuring sustainability.

The panelists included:
Suzanna Rose, executive director of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity
Maria Donoso, director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program
Purnima Madhivanan, associate professor, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Melissa Luttrell, visiting assistant professor, College of Law
Marlene Bastien, executive director, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. / Haitian Women of Miami
Elizabeth Anderson, moderator

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Co-sponsored by the FIU Women’s Studies Center, the School of Integrated Science and Humanity and the Office of University Sustainability