Ndey-Isatou Njie and Tacko Ndiaye

Ndey-Isatou Njie is Chief of Water Energy and Capacity Development Branch, Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Tacko Ndiaye is Policy Adviser on Economic Empowerment, UN Women.

The importance of involving both men and women in the management of water including agricultural water and ensuring equitable access to and control over water resources have been overwhelmingly recognized by the international community. The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action called for governments to promote knowledge and research on the role of women, particularly rural and indigenous women, in irrigation and watershed management and sanitation.