Unequal Burden: Water Privatisation and Women's Human Rights in Tanzania
Gender & Development, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 59 - 67, March 2010
Posted: 1 Jun 2010
Date Written: February 25, 2010
Access to water is a critical component in advancing the human rights of women. Although privatisation of water services continues to be pushed by donors such as The World Bank, the available information shows that privatisations are not increasing access to water for poor women. This paper examines the human right to water and why this right is critical for women and girls. It then discusses privatisation, and the tension between contractual obligations and respect for human rights. Finally, it explores some strategies and successes.
Keywords: women, economic and social rights, water privatisation, women's rights advocacy
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