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Oxfam address gender inequality around water

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A young girl fills a bottle with water at a village water pump in Preah Vihear’s Chheb district. Hong Menea

Oxfam address gender inequality around water

Oxfam will mark World Water Day on Friday by hosting a workshop called “Women and Water Dialogue” to discuss women’s roles in leading and managing water resources in Cambodia.

“Women bear the highest burden and consequences of unsustainable management of water resources that are transboundary."

“They have the solutions to the complex problems of water governance. World leaders should listen to them,” Oxfam Cambodia’s country director Solinn Lim said in a press release announcing the event.

World Water Day is an annual UN observance day that aims to highlight the importance of access to fresh, drinkable water. It is celebrated across the globe through a variety of educational, theatrical, musical and lobbying events.

The theme this year, World Water Day’s 27th edition, is “Leave No One Behind”.

In collaboration with River Coalition Cambodia, the Institute of Technology Cambodia and the Royal University of Phnom Penh, the Oxfam event will be held at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre of the Royal University of Phnom Penh on Friday between 1 and 5pm.

The purpose of the workshop will be to “share the experience and knowledge of women-led water resources management” in order to address the issue of “gender inequality in the context of water resources”, according to Oxfam Mekong Regional Water Governance Manager Socheata Sim.

In attendance will be approximately 300 representatives from ministries, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, researchers and academics.

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