Advancing Towards Gender-Sensitive Water Resources Management – Have Your Say!

The concept of gender mainstreaming in water resources management is not new, but we are not advancing at the pace we need. Why is that? How can countries accelerate progress towards gender mainstreaming in water resources management?

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, GWP is proud to present a summary report of a study - Advancing towards gender-sensitive water resources management - that our SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme carried out on the gender-related question in the SDG 6.5.1 survey instrument, which all UN Member States were invited to fill in during the 2020 data drive

This draft report has been prepared as a starting point for more detailed conversations with national and local governments, international development partners, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, and any other interested party, on how best to achieve gender mainstreaming in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)It is now open for YOUR input! 

GWP and gender equality

Gender equity and social inclusion are among the Global Water Partnership’s core values. Much progress has been made, but fully  recognising and incorporating the important role of both women and men in water resources management remains a major challenge.  

“In our twenty-fifth anniversary year, GWP remains as committed as ever to pursuing that objective, and what better way to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day this year, on March 8th, but to reflect upon how closely inter-related these two topics are”, says GWP’s Executive Secretary Darío Soto-Abril.

Findings of the report

Drawing on interviews and real examples collected from the SDG 6.5.1 focal points of 23 countries, the main objective of the study is to showcase and disseminate a range of practices that have been implemented around the world, highlighting common gaps, challenges and constraints, and key enabling factors, and providing recommendations on how to strengthen the current practices.

Learn about the findings and six key enablers for gender mainstreaming in WRM by watching the interview with Maggie Kossida and Hajar Chamoun of SEVEN - ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS, who carried out the research for the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme

Have your say!

This report is open for consultation between March 8th and April 9th, 2021. We welcome your input on the solutions we have identified, in consultation with IWRM country focal points. To capture your feedback, please kindly fill in this FORM. If you have any questions about the report or the process, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us on

Specifically, we would like to get your feedback on the following questions, based on the report:

1. Which of the gaps and challeneges identified in the report are most applicable in your country? Do you recognise additional ones to be added in this list?

2. Do you agree with the proposed list of the six key enablers? Are there any additional key enablers, from your perspective, that are missing and should be added in the list? 

3. Are the highlighted mechanisms and examples clear enough? Do you have any specific questions on these and any other mechanism(s) or practice(s) that exemplify them?

4. Do you recognise the modalities and challenges presented in the context of your country? Do you agree with the levels of sustainability and impact?

5. Do you see these recommendations as relevant and feasible/actionable in the context and stage of your country?

About the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme

Since 2017, GWP has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP-DHI Centre, and Cap-Net through the SDG 6 IWRM Support Programme. This Programme assists countries in monitoring and accelerating progress towards their water-related SDGs. The Support Programme uses the SDG 6.5 monitoring process as a triennial status check on how well the world is progressing towards fully implementing Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), and builds on that process to provide guidance and assistance for countries to advance towards their national targets. Mainstreaming gender in countries’ IWRM approaches is a key strategy to help them reach not just SDG 6.5, but also, in the indivisible spirit of the SDGs, many other related targets.