Learning Exchange Gender mainstreaming in WRM

A Learning exchange on gender mainstreaming in water resources management (WRM) was organised on September 16th, 2021, to present the findings of the study on that topic. The event was also used as a platform to better understand and discuss how to advance on the key enablers and overcome common bottlenecks for gender mainstreaming in WRM, for those working on SDG 6.5 and SDG 5; and to understand the need for support from national governments and other stakeholders to advance in this key area for sustainable development.

In addition to a presentation of the key findings of the study, the event featured speakers from UNEP, UNEP-DHI, UN Women and GWP. Moreover, participants heard from Country Focal Points on SDG 6.5.1 on their experiences and lessons learned in advancing gender mainstreaming in water, and had the opportunity to discuss challenges and lessons learned with other peers. 


Watch the full recording of the morning and afternoon sessions. 


Listen to the experiences on gender mainstreaming in water resources management from Country Focal Points and other key stakeholders: 

  • Brazil - presented by Mariane Ravanello, Assistant Superintendent for Water Resources Planning at the National Water and Basic Sanitation Agency  (ANA) in Brazil 

  • Georgia – presented by Gvantsa Sivsivadze, First Category Senior Specialist at Water Division at the Environment and Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia 

  • Kyrgyzstan – presented by Kasiet Musabaeva, Chair of the Country Water Partnership in Kyrgyzstan 

  • Nepal – presented by Dr. Kapil Gnawali, Senior Divisional Engineer at the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS) in the Government of Nepal 

  • Nicaragua – presented by Mónica Guanopatin, Director General of Drinking Water and Sanitation at the National Water Authority in Nicaragua 

  • Panama – presented by Emet Herrera, Agricultural Engineering with Orientation in Hydrographic Watershed Management, Ministry of the Environment of Panama 

  • Philippines – presented by Dr. Sevillo D. David, Executive Director of National Water Resources Board of the Philippines 

  • Viet Nam – presented by Nguyen Hong Phuoong, Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam National Mekong Committee 


Further resources: 


  • Cap-Net offers gender and water-related resources including a training manual in Why gender Matters in IWRM, and an interactive tutorial, available here. Cap-Net has also just launched new online course on IWRM and Gender in collaboration with  GWP and Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) . 

  • More information on UNEP-DHI's gender-related activities and links to external resources is available here. 

  • IWRM Data PortalNational SDG indicator 6.5.1 reporting data including country scores/ detailed responses to the gender question of the 6.5.1 survey. 

  • UN Women/ UNSD has published a report on Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2021. The report presents the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 Goals, highlighting the progress made since 2015 but also the continued alarm over the COVID-19 pandemic, its immediate effect on women’s well-being and the threat it poses to future generations.