What is Water for Women?

Water for Women is supporting improved health, gender equality and wellbeing in Asian and Pacific communities through socially inclusive and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects. 

Gender equality and social inclusion are central to Water for Women. Actively involving all people within communities (women, men, marginalised groups, people with disabilities) ensures more equitable and inclusive processes, which lead to more effective and sustainable outcomes in water, sanitation and hygiene.  

Water for Women is the Australian Government’s flagship WASH program and is being delivered in 16 countries as part of Australia's development assistance program, investing AUD 154.9 million over 7 years from 2018 to 2024. 

Water for Women is partnering with Civil Society Organisations to deliver WASH projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Over the course of the Fund, we have supported over 3.4 million people including the most marginalised within these communities. 

Research is an important element of Water for Women. We aim to raise the bar in terms of gender and socially inclusive research, analysis, design and program delivery in WASH, and in doing so, to lead practice globally. In partnership with research organisations, Water for Women is supporting research projects that aim to address gaps in research knowledge and WASH project delivery.

Fourteen Innovation & Impact projects are contributing to ongoing research and development in Water for Women as a way of strengthening the use of new evidence, innovation and practice for inclusive, accessible, sustainable and climate-resilient WASH.




Our Aim 

Water for Women aims to improve the health, gender equality and wellbeing of Asian and Pacific Communities. Contribution to this aim falls into four key end-of-program outcomes: 

  1. Strengthened national and subnational WASH sector systems with greater emphasis on gender, social inclusion, safely managed WASH and water security. 
  2. Increased equitable, universal access to and use of sustainable WASH services, particularly for marginalised communities and community members. 
  3. Strengthened gender equality and social inclusion in households, communities and institutions. 
  4. Strengthened use of new evidence, innovation and practice in sustainable gender and inclusive WASH by other CSOs, national and international WASH sector actors.



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