Network of Women Water Professionals

Interview with Ms Kusum Athukorala, Chairperson, Network of Women Water Professionals (NetWwater)

Kusum AthukoralaWhat is the mission and vision of your organisation?

It is to promote gender mainstreaming and IWRM and enhance the status of women in the water sector. Thus, promoting intergenerational equity by conserving water resources and creating opportunities for women to become full partners in sustainable water development.

Why did you decide to become a GWP Partner?

I was selected for the first Steering Committee of the GWP in 1996 and continued to work in other capacities since I felt that the organization had a path-breaking role to play in promoting IWRM.

What have you found to be the benefits of being a GWP Partner?

Being a GWP Partner has given us access to new areas of knowledge and a forum to work nationally, regionally and globally with like minded persons, both male and female.

What challenges face the management of water resources in your region?

Challenges are to build capacity through sensitization, knowledge management and water education of women, and to meet the challenges of declining water resources due to climate change.