Bangladeshi Women’s Leadership in Water Governance

Women in Bangladesh play a crucial role in collecting water, often bearing the brunt of physical labor and household chores. Despite women and girls playing an instrumental role in water collection and facing disproportionate impacts of improper and unsafe sanitation facilities, they are vastly underrepresented in leadership positions within the water industry. Women often do not have the opportunity to participate in decision-making pertaining to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) as men overwhelmingly dominate these positions. In Bangladesh, only “20% of representatives in water management organizations” are women. To increase women’s employment and potential leadership in water governance, the World Bank has introduced the Bangladesh Rural WASH for Human Capital Development program.

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