Women Of Waste (WOW!)
Women of Waste was created by women to advocate and spotlight women’s work and achievements in the solid waste management sector.
WOW! explores the link between gender and sound waste management and resource recovery systems to improve waste management overall by empowering women in the sector. WOW! activities are based on scientific evidence and best practice solutions for effective waste and resource management on a global scale.
WOW! was conceived at the ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad in 2016 by Gali Feldboy-Klinger (Israel), Maria Tsakona (Greece) and Georgina Nitzsche (UK/Austria) and later joined by Frida Jones (Sweden), Gabriela Garcés (Peru/Germany) and Delila Khaled (USA)
Our Mission and Objectives
- To create an online network or forum
- To conduct research on women in the sector
- To promote the voice and visibility of women
- To provide supportive and empowerment tools
- To offer capacity building training for professional development
- To raise awareness and advocate for safe workplace for women in the sector
- To improve women’s access to market data and financing
- To highlight options for a rewarding career in sustainable waste management
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TASK FORCE LEADER
Maria Tsakona is an Environmental Engineer (MSc) with more than 14 years of experience in directing and managing environmental engineering projects in the field of solid waste management: formulation of waste management plans and strategies, reuse and recycling programs, environmental impact assessment studies and feasibility studies. She has participated in several EU funded projects and has experience in Information and Communication (ICT) tools in environmental management. During the past seven years, Maria had the opportunity to participate in several international conferences and projects, which had contributed in increasing her understanding of major global waste management challenges and opportunities. Although there have been several issues that have attracted Maria’s attention, she has chosen to focus on two: marine litter and women of the waste sector.
Dr. rer. nat. Gabriela Garcés S.
WOW! Expert and Advisor
Consultant & Researcher – Environmental Res. Management, Water, Waste, Project & Partnership Development, Training
Georgina Nitzsche recently came to waste management from the Development sector, working on issues of human security, capacity building and community engagement in Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East for civil society, government and international organizations such as the UNDP, UNICEF and Women without Borders. Georgina is convinced that women have a powerful role to play directly via the waste sector – especially when given the right support. She holds a MSc in Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Georgina was ISWA International Partnerships and Events Manager Spring 2016 – 2020 and is now the point-of-contact for WOW!
WOW! Expert and Advisor
Delila Khaled is an experienced entrepreneur and international development expert working at the intersection of waste and recycling, inclusive finance, and women’s economic empowerment.
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