For GWP, inclusiveness and gender sensitivity has always been a core value. GWP supports the Dublin Principle that women play a central role in providing, managing, and safeguarding water resources. The growing interconnectedness of gender, water, and sustainable development demand that we do more to ensure greater gender equity in all our efforts to properly safeguard and manage water resources for future generations.

GWP’s Gender Strategy is in support of our Strategy Towards 2020: A Water Secure World. It addresses diversity and inclusion, social equity, and women's role in the integrated and sustainable management of water resources. It draws attention to gender differences so that men and women can benefit and contribute equally to our longstanding challenge of improving water security.

Achieving water security means adopting inclusive and participatory approaches. In treating gender equality as a global priority, GWP has taken a comprehensive approach that addresses the structural drivers as well as the complexity of gender inequalities. GWP recognises the need for a balanced representation of women and men in processes at all levels, and in the importance of empowerment of women to be part of such processes. GWP also aims to promote and facilitate the mainstreaming of gender into water governance as a key aspect of achieving water security. GWP encourages and supports women’s organisations to actively engage in GWP partnerships and processes at all levels.

Pointers for 2017-2019

GWPO in collaboration with RWPs and regional Gender Focal Points (GFPs) will develop operational guidelines for mainstreaming gender in GWP thematic programming. GWPO can provide additional support through mobilisation of international partners and provision of seed funding to carry out activities. GWPO can facilitate partnerships with international organisations and RWPs/CWPs and support to leverage global technical expertise. These experts together with GFPs can support RWP and CWP with gender mainstreaming and planning, although the implementation responsibility will primarily remain with regional coordinators and programme managers. GWPO will support the regions to organize regular capacity building and awareness raising activities for RWPs and CWPs. GWP partners are expected to be involved in the process as much as possible.

Additional action points include:

  • Identify processes in the context of gender that GWP will seek to influence during the second half of the Strategy period within the framework of the gender programmatic approach
  • Increase clarity over what it is that GWP can realistically achieve in the promotion of gender and water at the global levels