News.Feb 28, 2018

More than 125 women and young professionals join World Water Week speakers list

SIWI launches World Water Week Speaker Directories to help elevate diverse voices in the water dialogue. Demand for qualified female water professionals and youth is higher than ever, with more than 85% of prospective convenors committing to diversity in speaker panels.

More than 125 female water professionals and youth have raised their voices and joined the #WaterWomen and Young Professionals Speakers Directories – demonstrating a clear change in how these groups have been traditionally viewed within the water sector.

World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues, which stipulates a need for perspectives from all parts of the water community, yet we have seen events with poor representation. Women and youth are too often left out from the conversation. By highlighting these groups as valuable stakeholders on the World Water Week stage, SIWI hopes to better demonstrate what can be achieved when everyone is heard.

With an overwhelming support for the Gold Standard from potential convenors – more than 85% committing to panels with 40% women and at least one young professional – it’s clear that diverse voices are a priority for organizations too.

Through the World Water Week Speaker Directories we’re making it easier for convenors to find the speakers, panellists, moderators and experts they’re looking for.

Are you a young or female water professional who would love to speak at World Water Week, but you don’t know how to get the attention of convenors? Let yourself be headhunted for speaking opportunities by registering in one of our directories.

Sign up for the YP Speakers Directory here

Sign up for the #WaterWomen Speakers Directory here