Gender and Water Alliance

Who we are

Created in March 2000 as an open network at the Second World Water Forum in The Hague, the Gender and Water Alliance is an informal network of more than 2300 organisations and individuals from over 125 countries. GWA is governed by an independent Steering Committee and directed by a secretariat based in the Netherlands.

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of GWA consists of 7 members; 1 chair, 1 Secretary/ Vice-Chair, 1 Treasurer and 4 members.

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The Secretariat

At the moment the secretariat of GWA consists of the following small team
Joke Muylwijk
Esther de Jong
Juana Vera Delgado
Milena Nevolina
Imagefoto Joke
ImageFoto Esther
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ImageFoto Milena
Rokeya Khatun
Senior Capacity Building Expert GWAPB
Runia Mowla
Programme Specialist - Gender and Agriculture GWAPB
S.M. Faridul Haque
Gender and Communication Manager GWAPB
Paul. C. Modhu
Finance & Administration Manager GWAPB
Mamun or Rashid
Office Assistant GWAPB
ImageS. M. Faridul Haque
Gender and Communication Manager
Shaila Shahid
Team Leader-GWAPB
Swandipta Sadique
Junior Programme Specialist GWAPB
Margriet Reinders
Deputy Director
ImageMargriet Reinders
Margriet has a Masters degree in Education from VU University in Amsterdam where she specialised in micro-economics, nutrition and habitat. Her work experience began in 1979 in Burkina Faso in West Africa as a Dutch volunteer with SNV, where she worked with women’s organisations to set up primary health care services in communities. Following this she was a technical assistant in various women and development programs, and later in gender and development programs in West Africa in various sectors: agriculture, water, micro credit and livelihood generation. In 1997 she started her own social enterprise in hand woven cotton products in a small village near Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. She trained 40 women in weaving and dyeing and producing high quality hand made products. This enterprise has been taken over by the women and is still a successful social business where 80 women are employed. Margriet’s affiliation with GWA began in 2007 as a member and resource person and trainer for Gender and IWRM/WASH trainings and workshops in West and Central Africa. In 2008 she went to Ghana to work for MDF West Africa in Accra, Ghana, a Dutch training and consultancy agency in management and social entrepreneurship in WASH with a focus on francophone West Africa. During this time she continued to work for GWA. Since March 2017 she is working as Deputy Director for GWA, based in the Secretariat in Dieren, the Netherlands
ImageAnamika Amani
Anamika has a Masters in Rural Development Sociology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and more than 12 years’ experience working in research and development projects in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining GWA she worked as a research officer for a global urban food security programme in the International Potato Centre (CIP) in Peru, and as an adviser for a Dutch NGO working with fisher and tribal women and men in India. Her field experiences motivated her to work more directly to address gender inequality, and led to her joining Gender and Water Alliance as a member in 2008 to learn about gender aspects of water use, planning, policy, and IWRM. Over the years she has been in close contact with GWA, participating in their capacity building opportunities and contributing to GWA training resources and publications as writer and editor. More recently she has been actively involved in the Gender and Water Programme Bangladesh (GWAPB) as gender and capacity building Advisor. Since 2016 she is working as GWA Senior Programme Officer.
Anamika Amani
Senior Programme Officer

GWA-B Office and the team

From 2013 - 2016 GWA implemented the Gender and Water Programme Bangladesh with funding of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Currently GWA-B has an office in Dhaka with a small team.

Joke Muylwijk , Programme Coordinator, Executive Director GWA

Runia Mowla, Programme Specialist- Gender and Agriculture

Mamun or Rashid, Office Assistant

GWAPB office is located at -

House # 14A (2nd floor), Road # 2/2,  Banani, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh, Cell: 01791403846

If you want to contact us by email, click here.


The members of the Gender and Water Alliance are its greatest asset as the GWA strives to reach its goals through its membership. The Gender and Water Alliance strives for a worldwide representation in the membership, in which both women and men, individuals and organisations are represented. Here you can find data about the membership and information on activities of members.
How to become a member
Membership to GWA is open to organisations and individuals committed to gender mainstreaming in all water and sanitation sectors. Members of GWA abide to the principles of the Alliance and work towards the achievement of its goals.
Data on GWA membership
Here you can find the membership reports compiled by the GWA Secretariat giving some statistics on GWA membership like number of men and women, individuals and organisations, geographical representation, growth of membership, etc.
GWA member Bikash Subedi wins "Eco-Peace Excellence Award" 2010
Bikash Subedi, GWA member in Nepal, has been awarded the “Eco-Peace Excellence Award 2010” by UNEP at the Asia Pacific Environment Forum 2010 which took place 16-19 November 2010 in Kangwon National University, Korea
GWA member Adewolo Taiwo meets President Obama
Adewole Taiwo, a GWA member in Nigeria was selected as 1 of the 120 Young African Leaders to meet President Obama in the White house 3-5 August 2010.
GWA member in Uganda wins Award for Best Performing NGO 2009
Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) won the Award for Best performing NGO in the Water and Sanitation sector 2008/2009 from the Ministry of Water and Environment in Uganda. The Mission of KWDT is to empower rural peasant women to initiate and self-manage their economic, social, and political development processes. The GWA Network is proud of our member-partner's achievement, and would like to offer hearty congratulations to all the KWDT women on achieving this wonderful milestone in their development. We wish them a lot more progress and recognition of their hard work in the years to come.
GWA welcomes its 1000th member!
On 7 November 2007, GWA welcomed its 1000th member! This is Mr Isaac Njifakue from Cameroun, who was proposed for membership by our Francophone Focal Point Stanislas. This good news proves that our membership increases fast, in many regions. We hope that this will result in more serious integration of gender aspects in development work related to water management. Once again, welcome Mr Njifakue and all other new members!
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