International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage Commission Interationale des Irrigation et du Drainage

1. Preamble

Considering the vital role of women in the management of water resources and agriculture, it is essential to fully identify, utilize, and enhance the capacity and capabilities of women in these areas. Women play a central role in providing, managing, and conserving water. They can significantly contribute to achieving sustainable development goals through active participation in the planning and managing of water.

This Task Force was proposed following the successful holding of an international webinar on the empowerment and development of women's capacity in water resources management on May 3, 2023, which ICID IRPID-IRN held in collaboration with CDTE-WG, IRNCID. Considering the strategic priority and importance of water and food security in the ICID vision, it is crucial to fully utilize and maximize women's capacities, capabilities, and indigenous knowledge in the optimal and sustainable management of water resources and agricultural water management. Women can play a crucial role in addressing water crises and adaptation to climate change. This issue can be achieved and strengthened through the collaborative efforts of ICID National Committees and affiliated networks.

2. Aim and Objectives

The primary aim of this Task Force is to empower women in sustainable water resource management and agriculture water management in ICID member countries. We will achieve this goal by increasing women's participation in decision-making processes and policy development at managerial and governance levels. Empowering women and giving them a more prominent role in managing the water sector can lead to more significant sustainable development and gender equity.

3. Terms of Reference

1.    Identify the challenges to women's participation in governance and decision-making levels.

2.    Acknowledge the opportunities for harnessing women's capacity to improve water governance and management.

3.    Review the current status of women's participation and their role in managing water resources and agricultural water management.

4.    Review existing global experiences and successful international models in women's empowerment in water

5.    Encouragement international organizations to collaborate with this ICID initiative

6.    Providing a platform for joint projects between ICID and international partner

7.    Dissemination of the outcome among related parties


  1. Identify the current status and opportunities of women’s engagement in water management and decision-making.
  2. Review successful models and best practices for involvement and empowering women in sustainable governance and management of water.
  3. Capacity to empower women in water governance and management through training, mentoring and networking platforms.
  4. Advocate for gender-inclusive policies, programs and funding related to water management.
  5. Support gender mainstreaming research related to water management.
  6. Promote the role of women in the Water-Food-Energy Nexus.
  7. Strengthen women and youth partnerships to support the achievement of sustainable development goals.
  8. Engage women and promote their meaningful participation in adopting climate change and water resilient and sustainable water management practices through modernized water systems and institutional reforms.
  9. Facilitate knowledge exchange through online platforms, publications, reports, papers, and books
  10. Enable cross-disciplinary and inter-sectoral engagement by providing a platform for diverse stakeholders with an emphasis on women's participation
  11. Support prioritized research and data collection on gender and water management.
  12. Facilitate capacity development by enhancing institutional capacity, supporting NCs activities, providing technical training for young professionals, and developing and sharing knowledge resources.
  13. Strengthening the implementation tools and revitalizing global participation for sustainable development and justice for all, while establishing responsive and inclusive institutions, with the active involvement of women.

Established : 2024

Chairman Message



Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Dr. Narges Zohrabi na************* Iran Chair
2 Dr. Behzad Navidi Nassaj be************* Iran Member
3 Dr. Fuqiang Tian ti************* China Member
4 Ms. Karlene Maywald Ka************* Australia Member
5 Mr. Kushvinder Vohra kv************* India Member
6 Ms. Li Ruoxi li************* China Member
7 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba ms************* Egypt Member
8 Ms. Palo Kgasago pa************* South Africa Member
9 Prof. Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli sy************* South Africa Member
10 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE wa************* Japan Member
11 Dr. Vadim Sokolov va************* Uzbekistan Member








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