WOMEN AND WATER- A REALITY Lalit Mohan Sharma INSTITUTE OF RURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, GURGAON
TREADING COUNTLESS MILESFoot soldiers evading water crisis “We don’t count the miles we cover everyday to get water for our family”
WORKING INNUMERABLE HOURSTrudging day and night to fulfill water needs of the family “We don’t question the time and hours we spend on collecting water”
SHOULDERING ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITIESForegoing formal education for procuring water “For us age is not a barrier when it comes to water collection”
MANAGING WATER IN HOUSEHOLDSMeeting water needs of the family effectively“We ensure water for all in our family against all hardships and scarcity”
We are responsible for providing water We are the major stakeholder in water BUT Do we have a say in managing water resources ?Do we participate in water discussions at community level ?Do we provide inputs for water management programs ? Do we design community water management programs? Do we lead water management programs ?
At community level, our participation is …… CORNERED AND SILENT
UNHEARDMuted presence of women at community level “Our opinions and views are seldom sought in managing water resources ”
EXCLUDEDRestricted participation of women in communities “ Culture and tradition forbid us from participating at the community level”
SubordinatedInferior position at the community level “ We are always perceived as followers and never as leaders”
Why are we just categorized as mere recipients and not seen as decision makers and leaders LEADERSHIP ?? PARTICIPATION IN DECISION MAKING MERE RECIPIENTWhere am I?
Where the situation has led us Unless we change our ways, two- thirds of the world‚ population will face water scarcity by 2025. (Source: www.foodandwaterwatch.org)
It is time to change…… Involve us in the management of water resources for ensuring a better future for our children…