Women are an untapped pool of talent for the water sector. Data collected for this study from 64 water and sanitation service providers in 28 economies around the world show that the percentage of female workers is considerably lower than that of men: On average, utilities in the sample reported that only 18 percent of their workers are women. Women are also underrepresented in technical and managerial positions where, in sampled utilities, on average only 23 percent of licensed engineers are women, and the figure is the same for female managers. Increasing gender diversity of the water sector workforce can help expand the talent pool, and strengthen water utilities’ financial performance, innovative capacity, operating efficiency, and customer relations, among others. This study addresses the following questions: What keeps women from considering careers in water utilities? What particular challenges do they face, that their male counterparts perhaps do not? What can utilities do to expand gender diversity and ensure that they tap into the best possible talent? Drawing from primary and secondary quantitative and qualitative data from water utility companies, this report identifies key barriers and bottlenecks that women face at each stage in the career cycle (attraction, selection, retention, and advancement), as well as ways of making policy and systematic changes towards greater inclusion of women in the water workforce.
Women in Water Utilities
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Women in Water Utilities (Arabic). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/197051597034926209/Women-in-Water-Utilities