In households across the world, it is mostly women who collect and manage water. They are responsible for maintaining sanitation in their family, and passing on hygienic practices to children. Women also make for bulk of the agricultural labour, managing irrigation, among other things.
Since women spend so much time interacting with water, any intervention that seeks to improve water supply, management, sanitation etc. has much potential to improve their well-being. Conversely, and perhaps more importantly, it is crucial that women are actively engaged in designing and managing such interventions.
The following videos illustrate this:
· Colombia: Women’s Voices
· India: Walking for Water
· West Bank: We, the Women of Jayyous
· Sudan: River Blindness: Women and Biomedicine
The world over, organisations working on water management (and in other areas) express that ‘women’s participation’ is one of their key objectives. But has the idea become too much of a buzzword, and been appropriated into formal procedures (‘log-frames’/ ‘project documents’…) in a way that has made it lose its meaning? What are your experiences?
We thought that with the International Women’s Day round (March 8) round the corner, this might be a good time to pop this question. Please send in your videos/comments (just reply to this email). Check out TheWaterChannel for more videos on women and water, and more…
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