Gender and Water Alliance

GWA is an open international network of more than 2100 members - including 638 organisations - from over 125 countries (May 2012). GWA is a demand driven and autonomous organisation aiming at mainstreaming gender in integrated water management.

GWA’s mission is to promote women’s and men’s equitable access to and control over safe and adequate water, for domestic supply, sanitation, food security and environmental sustainability.  GWA believes that water is a basic right for all, as well as critical in fighting poverty and for sustainability.

In the current debate on climate change, both water and gender receive insufficient attention. GWA brings out both aspects to ensure attention for those that are affected most by climate change: poor women and men in situations of more serious and more frequent floods and droughts.