Gender and Water Alliance

Vision, Mission and Goal

An integrated water resources management approach that includes the provision of sustainable water and sanitation services requires a special emphasis and focus on gender, social justice and human rights. Water management that optimizes economic and social welfare and protects vital aquatic ecosystems must take into account the different requirements of women and men of all social strata. It also recognizes that women and the poor generally have fewer opportunities to benefit from development and management, being left out of decision making. Women and the poor empower themselves by awareness raising and capacity building activities. Empowerment leads to genuine participation by all stakeholders, and in its turn this leads to more equal practices, with more sharing of tasks, benefits and responsibilities between women and men.


Vision of GWA: GWA aspires “To achieve equity and equality among women and men in sustainable water resources development and management at all levels”.

Mission of GWA: to promote women’s and men’s equitable access to and management of safe and adequate water, for domestic supply, sanitation, food security and environmental sustainability. GWA believes that equitable access to and control over water is a basic right for all, as well as a critical factor in promoting poverty eradication and sustainability.

Goal of GWA: to achieve effective policies and practice on gender mainstreaming in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), with the ultimate aim to improve the water situation of poor men and women.

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