For the past four years I have raised critical funds for WaterAid, a non-profit dedicated to universal access to clean water. However, my interest in the water sector began during my MSc at University College London, conducting research in the Colombian Amazon on the efficacy of water access indicators used to measure Millennium Development Goal progress. For my PhD in Geography at Cambridge, I will continue to focus on household water issues, exploring the impact of extreme water scarcity in northern Colombia by privileging the epistemic standpoint of indigenous women in the region. Very little is known about women’s specific household water needs and how, often highly contested access is negotiated amid competing internal and external processes. As climate change exacerbates water insecurity and competition for resources becomes increasingly fraught, representative data that informs effective, resilient and equitable water policies is urgently needed. Insisting that gender counts has long been a core project of feminist researchers. I seek to continue these efforts, closing the gender data gap and ensuring women’s lives are visible in the literature and at the forefront of policy decision-making in the water sector and beyond.