Ms Mariet Verhoef-Cohen Women for Water Partnership (Co-opted)

Mariet Verhoef-Cohen is a trained professional translator and owner/ director of Bacolet Translations. As president of the Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) she galvanised worldwide attention for the ‘clean water for women’ theme, coupled to the promotion of gender responsive sanitary provisions. As its president since 2014, she has been a driving force behind the WfWP international network which has tasked itself with providing women with safe access to clean drinking water. Today, WfWP includes 27 women’s organisations in 100 countries across South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe. Mariet was recently re-elected as WfWP president until the year 2020. As a Soroptimist she was closely involved with a number of international projects. In her role as President SI Europe (2007 -2009) she introduced the two-year running theme ‘Soroptimists go for Water’, which saw countless clubs developing both individual and joint projects aimed at providing access to clean water for women.