Women in Water Management

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  • 1. 5th November,2012 Ms. Nafisa Barot
  • 2. Bhal RegionInitiation of Utthan - Mahiti
  • 3. Issues of the mostvulnerable Transport of water from long distances: problems of theft, breakage, maintenance, corruption, equity & lack of local control
  • 4. •Indiscriminate use of ground water resources•Indiscriminate agricultural & industrial practices
  • 5. Government response: centralised programmes• Large dam construction, irrigation canals• River-linking project• Kalpasar dam• Privatization of water services• Unviable water pricing• adhoc rain water harvesting, recharging & conservation efforts
  • 6. Impact on the most vulnerable• Health• Conflict / violence• Strong patriarchy• Caste, class, gender, religious discrimination• Migration
  • 7. Impact on the most vulnerable•Salinity ingress & low agricultureproduction•Severe drinking water & sanitationproblems, other livelihood insecurity &distress migration•Decline in health status specially inwomen, children & poor•Increasing conflicts
  • 8. Interventions Organizing women’s groups around major issuesBreaking barriers of caste/classSavings & credit systemsLivelihood securityChallenging patriarchyEvolving their own action planDemanding change from thegovernment / society
  • 9. Interventions Community mobilization Protest against industrial pollution (Amreli)Demanding decentralised safe drinking water system ( Bhavnagar )
  • 10. Negotiating & demanding space for equalityRiver basindialogue forconflict resolution
  • 11. Gender sensitive people centered approaches in actions Lining of the tankDemanding decentralizedalternatives for better access &control
  • 12. Harvesting rain water
  • 13. Demonstrations of alternatives by communities on scale Local water resource building Developing norms forcommon property resource use & management
  • 14. Demonstrations of alternatives by communities on scaleEcological sanitation
  • 15. Subsurface check dam for salinity preventionRoof water collection tank
  • 16. Control over resource andmanagement by watercommittees
  • 17. Addressing the issue of health, hygiene, dignity & privacyWaste water management
  • 18. Change-makers:mobilizing children& youth
  • 19. Building bridges through common gender needs to transform conflictsFor peace & justice
  • 20. Demonstrations for resource protection
  • 21. Government
  • 22. Civil Society