Despite the international recognition accorded to the key role played by women in issues around water, the extent to which India's national water policies accommodate gender concerns remains to be examined. An in-depth content analysis of three national level water policies – of 1987, 2002 and 2012 reveals that the incorporation of women in the planning, provisioning, and management of water resources continues to be disregarded. Women's concerns in the water sector are articulated around their domestic roles and subsumed under notions of "household" and "social equity." The larger questions of water rights of women, both in terms of access and control over decision-making, remain unaddressed. Perspectives on women and water Read More


Across the globe, but especially in the developing world, women bear the primary of burden of procuring water in families. It has been found that in 8 out of 10 households, women and girls are responsible for carrying out this chore which in some countries exceeds four to five hours in a day. This, in turn, has huge economic and social impacts that disproportionately affect females. Hence, women play a central role in community water projects and provisioning services. This case explores the role of women as key stakeholders and operators in a community hydrodoser plant in Odisha. Read More



WaterAid is an international charity set up in 1981 by the UK water authorities, recognizing the need for better access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene education in countries in the developing world. Since then, the organization has been successful in supporting communities build and access better water systems, facilities and infrastructure. On 29 March 2021, WaterAid is hosting a webinar focusing on women’s rights and the impact of climate change on decision making. The session will identify and explore barriers and challenges to equitable water supply and access for women particularly in developing countries. here

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