UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin

Women and Water training in Saatli, Azerbaijan

16 Oct 2019

On 16 October the UNDP-GEF Kura II Project team together with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs in Azerbaijan hold a training on Freshwater resources on Earth, municipal water consumption at home and how women play role in this process in Saatli.

Rural women and girls are a powerful force to fight climate change and lead sustainable development. In this spirit, the UNDP-GEF Kura II Project launched a training programme for women in the Saatli as well, following the training in Hajigabul on 14 October. The purpose of these trainings are to address and raise awareness of the relationship between women and water, and how women can help promote water conservation in their homes and communities. 
The training programme is a unique platform to provide women with hands-on knowledge and practical insights on the environment of the surrounding region, specifically on the water resources of the Kura River Basin, the importance of gender mainstreaming in achieving clean water and sanitation for all under #SDG6, and practical tips for water conservation in households and gardens. Small group breakout sessions offer an opportunity for women to share their priorities and challenges related to water sustainability. 
In the context of the training, the implications of early marriage in Saatli region is also discussed by a representative of the State Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Issues. This part of the training highlights how girls subjected to early marriage have curtailed opportunities for education, including education on ecology and health, thus impacting their relationship with water. 
The training sessions are conducted in collaboration with the State Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Issues of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and are hosted at the State Committee’s regional resource centre in Saatli. An important learning platform, a series of similar training sessions will continue in other regions, empowering women to take a firm stance on climate action, water awareness and water conservation, ensuring meanwhile that rural women’s and girls’ perspectives and experiences are heard and counted.