Environment, Sustainability & Energy

Nearly one-third of the world’s population lacks access to clean water. In many parts of the world, women bear primary responsibility for finding and collecting water to meet basic needs such as cooking, cleaning and hygiene. In some countries, water collection can take up to 60 percent of women’s working time. Water collection diverts time away from more productive economic activities and pursuits. Women’s care burden is also increased by lack of access to clean water and the prevalence of water-borne disease among children. Despite the clear connection between women and water, it is mostly men who make decisions about water resource management and development. Including a gender dimension increases the effectiveness and sustainability of water management planning and programming.

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  • March 22, 2012

     Women's Environment & Development Organization's guide to water and gender.

  • August 2, 2011

    Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will take a close look at the spill's health impacts pregnant women and women of reproductive age in...

  • March 9, 2010

    The negative fallout from climate change is having a devastatingly lopsided impact on women compared to men, from higher death rates during natural disasters to heavier household and care burdens.

  • March 9, 2010

    A water crisis has a grim impact on Sri Lanka’s women, whose long list of household chores includes securing and managing the family’s water supply. In rural areas, that can include ensuring a steady source for the...

  • The Right to Water in the Americas

    Upcoming lecture at Rutgers University