14 Aug Suparana Katyaini
The International RiverFoundation awarded the inaugural Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women to Suparana Katyaini, a final-year PhD candidate at IIT Guwahati.
Suparana formally received the award at the Riverprize Gala Dinner held in New Delhi in conjunction with the 19th International Riversymposium.
‘I am very excited to receive the first Vera Thiess Fellowship to advance women’s participation in water and river management,’ Suparana said.
‘It gives me a great opportunity to bring out ‘women’s voices’ in the ongoing dialogues on Transboundary Rivers for a sustainable future.’
Suparana’s work has focused largely on bridging the gap between science and policy, and has particularly emphasised the role of women in governing transboundary rivers. She used her Fellowship year to contribute to water literacy by focusing on women’s voices in water governance of the Brahmaputra River in South Asia.
In the following year, Suparana produced a report on the state of gender in water management worldwide, participated in dialogue on the Brahmaputra River, and worked with the Global Water Partnership and San Antonio River Basin Authority for valuable knowledge exchange activities. She presented the outcomes of her Fellowship at the 20th International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia in 2017.