GWP Brings Gender into Focus with New Strategy

Posted: 2014-09-04

The new GWP Gender Strategy was formally launched at a well-attended event at Stockholm World Water Week 2014 on 3 September. On the same day GWP added to its strategic allies by signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the French Water Partnership, the European Water Partnership and UNESCO-IHE.

Introducing the new Gender Strategy, GWP Chair Dr. Ursula Schaefer-Preuss said that the work behind it has been a personal priority. She thanked GWP Steering Committee member Alice Bouman Dentener for her significant contributions to realizing this strategy.

Dr. Brian McIntosh, Senior Lecturer and Education Program Manager at the International WaterCentre (IWC) in Australia, supported the launch by highlighting the joint GWP-IWC scholarship initiative to promote women leadership in water management. This is one example of the concrete work GWP intends to pursue in order to support women leaders and have an impact in women’s lives on the ground.

New Allies

In addition to GWP’s network of over 3,000 partner organisations, GWP also reaches out to a wide range of stakeholders in different sectors. The newest strategic allies of GWP are the French Water Partnership, the European Water Partnership and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.

The new collaboration agreements will benefit all partners in helping to share knowledge on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), advocacy, capacity building, education and research.

Picture highlights of the day:

GWP Gender Strategy launch event

A good crowd turned out for the gender launch event.

Dr. Brian MacIntosh

Dr. Brian McIntosh of the International WaterCentre (IWC)

FWP and GWP sign MoU

Henri Begorre of the French Water Partnership and Ania Grobicki of GWP join forces.


Sergiy Moroz of the European Water Partnership and Ania Grobicki of GWP sealing the deal.


GWP's Ania Grobicki and UNESCO-IHE's Stefan Uhlenbrook announcing the new collaboration.

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