Arab Women Water Energy Environment Network Association, AWWEENA

Interview with Eng. Mohammed Bany-Mustafa, Permanent Technical Secretary of the Arab Women Water Energy Environment Association Network (AWWEENA).


Please describe your organisation, its vision and mission?

Our mission is to improve the participation of women in the management, planning, conservation and use of water resources, energy and environment, to improve the quality of life of their families and their communities.

The objective is to establish a strong regional, self-sustaining women's association in order to assist women in Jordan and the Arab countries to manage, plan, conserve and use water resources, energy and environment for a better life and to network with women associations around the world to fill our mission.

A more detailed description of AWWEENA is available here.

How long has AWWEENA been a GWP Partner?

We have been a GWP Partner for more than seven years. During the process of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), we got to know GWP Mediterranean when they were facilitating the meetings of the water directors of the UfM. We saw the important role of GWP in these meetings and the regional dimension that GWP is playing. This gave us the opportunity to be their partner in Jordan.

What are the benefits of being a GWP Partner?

By looking at the meaning of GWP, Global Water Partnership, then you can see the globalisation benefits of being a partner. To us as a partner to GWP Mediterranean, we had the opportunity to participate in the annual meetings of GWP and to get to know the experience of others in water management and how we can use this experience to solve the local problem when it comes to water-related issues.

Please share a challenge facing the management of water resources in your area of expertise.

As it is known to all, Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world, and due to the influx of refugees coming to Jordan from the surrounding countries, our resources are further being under more pressure to meet the demand. Providing new resources is the most challenging problem to the Jordan water sector. We also want to introduce projects where women have more participation in the implementation process.