Women, Water, and Development

Posted: 19 Dec 2007

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Isha Ray

University of California, Berkeley


That women play a central role in the provision, management, and safeguarding of water is one of the four internationally accepted principles of water management. This principle is especially important for the developing world where millions of women lack access to water for their basic needs. The objectives of this chapter are to summarize what is known about women with respect to water and about water with respect to women as well as to provide a sense of the current debates around these themes. A review of the literature suggests that the lack of gender-disaggregated data on the impacts of water policies, and underlying disagreements on how gender and development should be theorized, makes it difficult to reach robust conclusions on which policies can best assure poor women reliable access to water for their lives and livelihoods.

Keywords: gender, irrigation, Dublin Principles, drinking water, access to water

Suggested Citation

Ray, Isha, Women, Water, and Development. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 32, November 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1077273

Isha Ray (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

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