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Women in Water Management


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Women in Water Management

  1. 1. 5th November,2012 Ms. Nafisa Barot
  2. 2. Bhal RegionInitiation of Utthan - Mahiti
  3. 3. Issues of the mostvulnerable Transport of water from long distances: problems of theft, breakage, maintenance, corruption, equity & lack of local control
  4. 4. •Indiscriminate use of ground water resources•Indiscriminate agricultural & industrial practices
  5. 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. 6. Impact on the most vulnerable• Health• Conflict / violence• Strong patriarchy• Caste, class, gender, religious discrimination• Migration
  7. 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. 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. 9. Interventions Community mobilization Protest against industrial pollution (Amreli)Demanding decentralised safe drinking water system ( Bhavnagar )
  10. 10. Negotiating & demanding space for equalityRiver basindialogue forconflict resolution
  11. 11. Gender sensitive people centered approaches in actions Lining of the tankDemanding decentralizedalternatives for better access &control
  12. 12. Harvesting rain water
  13. 13. Demonstrations of alternatives by communities on scale Local water resource building Developing norms forcommon property resource use & management
  14. 14. Demonstrations of alternatives by communities on scaleEcological sanitation
  15. 15. Subsurface check dam for salinity preventionRoof water collection tank
  16. 16. Control over resource andmanagement by watercommittees
  17. 17. Addressing the issue of health, hygiene, dignity & privacyWaste water management
  18. 18. Change-makers:mobilizing children& youth
  19. 19. Building bridges through common gender needs to transform conflictsFor peace & justice
  20. 20. Demonstrations for resource protection
  21. 21. Government
  22. 22. Civil Society