The Water for Women Fund is a key initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and will be delivered as part of Australia's Aid Program, investing 110.6 Million over five years from 2018 to 2022.

Our Focus 

Water for Women focuses on providing opportunities and benefits in water, sanitation and hygiene for everyone in the community. The title of the fund is an explicit way of acknowledging that gender equality is key to making this happen. 

The Water for Women Fund responds to evidence that gendered approaches to WASH can contribute to more effective, sustainable WASH outcomes as well as improvements in women’s and girls’ well-being and offer an entry point to facilitate changes in gender relations, norms and attitudes. 

The initiative is part of Australia's commitment to the High Level Panel on Water. Advancing gender equality through implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 – the Water Goal – will see a world where women and girls do not bear the time burden of walking long distances every day to collect water for their families, where fewer babies die as a result of mothers giving birth in unhygienic health care facilities and girls no longer miss school because there are no appropriate menstrual hygiene management services. 

Sustainable Development Goals 

Water for Women aims to contribute directly towards four key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Good health and well being

Gender equality

clean water and sanitation

Reduced inequalities

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