About this book
There is a renewed global commitment to 'water for all'. Yet even though women are usually responsible for domestic water provision, their needs and voices continue to be marginalized in the development process. A close analysis of current policy and practice shows that organizations providing improved water supplies to poor communities typically neglect the gendered nature of access to and control over water resources. The resulting gender bias causes inefficiencies and injustices in water provision and reduces the effectiveness of well-meant efforts. This book shows how, in different environmental, historical and cultural contexts, gender has been an important element in water provision. It draws on a wide range of first-hand material, analyzed from different disciplinary perspectives. Case studies include analysis of the role of water in inhibiting the fight against HIV/AIDS in southern Africa, and the challenges of taking gender into account in large water projects in India and Nepal.
FINALWater, Gender and Development: An Introduction: Tina Wallace, University of Oxford and Anne Coles, University of Oxford Taking the Waters: Cosmology, Gender and Material Culture in the Appropriation of Water Resources--Veronica Strang is Professor of Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland.The Role of Water in an Unequal Social Order in India--Deepa Joshi, Southampton University, and Ben Fawcett, University of Southampton Naked Power: Women and the Social Production of Water in Anglophone Cameroon--Ben Page, University College London Water Supply, Social Relations, Ethnicity and Livelihoods in central Sudan-Anne Coles, University of OxfordGender Mainstreaming in the Water Sector in Nepal: A Real Commitment or a Token?-Shibesh Regmi, Director, Actionaid, Nepal The Challenge to Internations NGOs of Incorporating GenderTina Wallace, University of Oxford, and Pauline Wilson, freelance consultant to the NGO sectorMisunderstanding Gender in Water-Addressing or Reproducing Exclusion-Deepa Joshi, University of SouthamptonEnabling Women to Participate in African Smallholder Irrigation Development and Design--Felicity Chancellor, Formerly Hydraulics Research, OxonWater and AIDS: Problems Associated with the Home Based Care of AIDS Patients on a Rural Area of Northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa--Anne Hutchings, University of Zululand and Gina Buijis, University of Zululand Gender and Poverty Approach in Practice: Lessons Learned in NepalUmesh Pandy, NEWAH, Nepal , and Michelle Moffat, NEWAH, NepalEasier to Say, Harder to Do-Gender, Equity and Water-Sarah House, Chartered Civil Engineer, currently working as a Freelance Water / Public Health Engineer.
Anne Coles is Research Associate, International Gender Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. Tina Wallace is Research Associate, International Gender Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. Senior Research Fellow, School of Business, Oxford Brookes.