Just a Drop is delighted to present the first webinar in our 'Women in Development' series in the lead up to International Women's Day 2021. 

Women are usually tasked with collecting water, they often suffer the most from lack of sanitation and the resulting indignities, and, as primary caregivers, women are faced with huge responsibilities when children fall sick due to waterborne illness.

In this webinar we are asking why this is the case, and how the lack of water become a women's issue? 

We'll be joined by Just a Drop Founder and Chair, Fiona Jeffery, Senior Programmes Manager, Melissa Campbell, Wood Principal Hydrogeologist, Nancy Stone and Just a Drop local Partner, ASDF's Communications officer, Kendi Kang'ori in a debate moderated by Anne Joselin of the Department for International Development. 

This theme for this year is #ChoosetoChallenge - a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge.

The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #ChoosetoChange, so please join us to discover how you can help to forge a gender equal world and support women through the water crisis. 

Please sign up for a free ticket below to access the Zoom Webinar Link. The webinar will go live on March 5th at 10am. The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend. 

Panellists: 

Fiona Jeffery OBE

Born in Scotland and a graduate of Edinburgh University, Fiona Jeffery has had a long and accomplished career working in the travel industry, responsible for World Travel Market (WTM) from 1986-2013 both as Managing Director and ultimately as Chairman. She created and launched a responsible tourism drive across the industry globally, World Responsible Tourism Day in association with the UNWTO, which is now the largest responsible tourism gathering across the world. And launched the very first Ministerial Summit bringing the public and private sectors together to debate, discuss and shape the industry.

In 1998, as part of her sustainability drive, Fiona also founded and is Chair of the international water development charity Just a Drop, bringing sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America, transforming lives. The organization supports 12 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and to date has worked in 32 countries and changed the lives of over 1.5 million people.

Fiona, as a member of the UNWTO World Committee for Tourism Ethics successfully got agreement at the UN General Assembly to convert the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics into a legally binding Convention. A former Chair of WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Programme and Chair of Africa Travel & Tourism Association she also sits on the Advisory Board for School of Hospitality and Tourism at Surrey University and is a Senior Partner for Finn Partners Global Sustainable Tourism PR Practice and Global Travel Recovery Network.

In 2012, Fiona was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to travel and tourism, and in 2013 received the TTG Contribution to Industry Award and the World Tourism Award for her philanthropic vision in creating Just a Drop. She was recognized in the Directory of Social Change Influencer Awards in 2015 and is was inducted into the Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame in 2020.

Kendi Kang'ori

I am a Communications Practitioner who is passionate about visual productions in the digital space; photography, videography and video editing. I have been a member of Africa Sand Dam Foundation fraternity for the past three years. I find pleasure in using my skills to improve the lives and living standards of women and communities at large here in South Eastern Kenya.

Nancy Stone (BSc, MSc, CGeol)

Water scientist, humanitarian and adventure lover. I have grown up in a family of amazing women's rights pioneers and now with two daughters myself who are my absolute inspiration every day. As a groundwater specialist I am very aware that my technical understanding can help to provide clean drinking water close to people's homes, completely changing the lives and opportunities for women and children to whom the backbreaking burden of water collection falls. I am in total awe having attempted to lift a 50l jerry can of water and completely failed! I work in Wood's Water Management team specialising in UK water resources assessment, impact assessment and sustainable abstraction to protect the environment and build resilience to climate change. In parallel I have experience of rural water supply and water resources management in the international development WASH sector, from volunteering with WaterAid East Africa Country Programmes (Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia). I have volunteered for Just a Drop as a Project Support Advisor in Water since 2016 and am constantly amazed by the impact that JaD are having through their work.  

Melissa Campbell

Melissa has been running Just a Drop’s programmes for nearly 10 years working with the team and our local implementing partners to deliver sustainable access to safe water and sanitation across countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Having spent several years living in Kenya working with small grassroots NGOs, including having to fetch and carry water for herself, Melissa believes passionately in the transformational power that access to water can bring, especially for women and girls who are mainly tasked with this job.  As a keen advocate of gender equity she introduced a successful WASH in schools programme in Uganda which included a Menstrual health and hygiene programme and variations of this are now being incorporated into much of our work in other countries.

Moderator: Anne Joselin

Anne is a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) specialist and Infrastructure Adviser with the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). In her early career in rural development, agriculture and environmental studies, Anne worked with farmers on ground and surface water quality risk management and later supported well drilling and water filter programmes in developing countries. This sparked a love for water and Anne started specialising in WASH in 2008. She spent nine years working for the Australian government building their WASH programmes and policies and joined DFID (now the FCDO) in 2016. She has managed WASH programmes in Indonesia and DR Congo as well as broader WASH programmes covering many parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask the panel, please tweet them to us using the hashtag #JADWebinar!

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