Virtual Workshop:

How can we support Women’s Leadership in a time of COVID 19 response and recovery?

September 25, 2020

The 2020 Asia Women and Rivers Congress is holding a series of women-focused workshops on zoom between July to September to build on and further develop the Congress spirit of sharing experiences and networking.

Following the highly successful previous two workshops where we heard and discussed the findings from the study State of Knowledge: Women and Rivers in the Mekong Region (including the Salween basin) and discussed practical ways to nurture and encourage women’s leadership (workshop 2 summary), the third workshop will explore practical ways to meet the challenges and support women leaders during COVID 19 response and recovery. Building on the ‘’recipe for women’s leadership’’ (listed below) participants will share their experiences through stories and identify joint actions that can support women’s leadership during unprecedented times.

September 25, 2020 | 15:00 - 17:30pm Bangkok Time (GMT+7)

Returning participants, please register by September 15.
New participants, please register by September 18.

How to Register

Owing to the high demand for places and because we plan to organize an interactive workshop we will be limiting numbers to 70 participants.

Priority participation will be given to those who attended Workshop One and Two . There is still time to register as a new participant but we do request you to prepare by reading the linked documents.

Special Requests for Registration

All participants must register to attend via Zoom.

Please register with the ID you intend to use to join the workshop.

As you register, please send us a short personal profile (2-3 lines) so we know where you work and why you are interested in women’s leadership in water governance during the pandemic.

If you can contribute a story /example of women’s leadership during the time of COVID 19 based on what you have experienced or heard, please tick yes in the registration and we will send you further guidance. Written audio or video stories in English should be with us by September 21st.

Subject to time availability we hope to hear most of the stories during the group work and to incorporate them into workshop documentation so all participants can read the stories. By sharing your story you are giving permission for it to be included in the workshop report so you may want to consider any sensitivities names, location etc.

We look forward to welcoming you on September 25th for another thought provoking workshop!

Workshop Agenda


15.10-15.25 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Ms. Chanda Thapa Magar: Deputy Secretary General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)

Q & A

15.30-16.30 GROUPWORK


Keeping in mind the components identified for women’s leadership to emerge (ingredients) and concerns that responses to COVID will further challenge women’s leadership….

What do we want to see happen to Women’s Leadership during the COVID 19 response and recovery?

What are the practical ways to support Women’s Leadership and how could a network in the region support this to happen?

16.30-16.35 BREAK



Keynote Speaker

Chanda Thapa belongs to the Magar Indigenous community in Nepal. She is currently working as Deputy Secretary General at Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Chiang Mai, Thailand. She holds more than 15 years of experience working on Indigenous Peoples Rights, women’s rights, gender, peace building in Nepal and in Asia.

Webinar Illustrator

Debbie Wood is a Professional Graphic Recorder. She will be capturing a visual representation of the webinar in real time and sharing it with us live.

Recipe for Successful Women's Leadership: INKNA

Identity: strong personal and collective attachment to a river and its resources
Necessity: strong threat or risk perception (e.g. from large-scale irrigation or hydropower development)
Knowledge: creation and sharing of knowledge that is accessible to women, and/or which is used to support women and their communities to develop the capacity to raise their voices
Network support: existence of formal and/or informal networks to support women in their leadership roles
Agency: ability to navigate insecurities and self-doubt and maintain good psychological health through household, wider community and/or organizational support.