Ruth A. Richardson

Leader on Climate Change and IT, Dutch Water Authorities; Advisor & Co-chair, Climate justice working group, W7 (G7)

Ruth A. Richardson (She/her), Advocacy Advisor and project leader of the Dutch Water Authority

My mission: “Fight for the things that we have to care about, do it in a way that will lead others to join you”. I focus on many issues facing women and girls rights and humanity around the world.

She was born in Aruba, Oranjestad (The Dutch Caribbean) and has lived in the Netherlands for about 35 years now.

At the moment she works at the Dutch Water Autority as a Advocacy advisor and project leader, were she has followed several higher professional educations as Information management (IT) and Water management.

She also is a volunteer General Board member of the International Network of Liberal Women. She writes policy notes, amendments, statements and resolutions about women's and girls' rights, Gender (in)equality, Climate Change and Human Rights. Furthermore she is a NGO delegate for INLW at the UN, UNECE and member of the EU Committee FEMM on 'Rights of Women and Gender Equality'.

She recently worked with the Women 7 as Advisor, Co-chair Climate Justice working group towards the G7 Presidency and wrote together with the other W7 Advisors on the Women 7 Communiqué “Time To Deliver On A Gender Just Fture” and Women7 Implementation for the G7 Presidency June 2022.
She also worked with the Women and Gender Constituency and wrote the topic “Ensure rights to water and sanitation in all climate action” for the COP26 in Glasgow.

She also worked with the Network UN Women’s Convention / Dutch CEDAW network and participated in writing for the topic ‘Women’s Rights beyond Gender Neutrality: in Word’s and in Actions’.

She also worked with the UNECE Water Convention, Taskforce working group on Water and Climate Change and wrote three topics including Gender issues, Poverty and Inequality and Consultation and participation and ensured that these were included in the document: Word into Action Guidlines: Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation: “Integrating disaster risk management with water management and climate change adaptation”.

In the coming years she will continue to work to improve the position of women and girls in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world by shaping cultural trends and promoting various social causes!