Diverting the Flow

Gender Equity and Water in South Asia

Edited by Margreet Zwarteveen, Sara Ahmed, and Suman Rimal Gautam

Edited by Margreet Zwarteveen, Sara Ahmed, and Suman Rimal Gautam

Distributed for Zubaan Books

624 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9789381017203 Published February 2014 World sales rights except India
South Asia’s significant water resources are unevenly distributed, with about a fifth of the population lacking adequate access. Across the region this vital substance determines livelihoods and in some cases even survival. By revealing the extent to which water access depends on power relations and politics, Diverting the Flow offers new perspectives on the relationship between gender equity and water issues in South Asia.

Drawing on empirical research and relevant theoretical frameworks, the contributors show how gender intersects with other axes of social difference—such as class, caste, ethnicity, age, and religion—to shape water use and management practices. Each of the volume’s six thematic sections begins by introducing key concepts, debates, and theories before moving on to parse such issues as rights, policies, technologies, and intervention strategies. Taken together, they demonstrate that gender issues are the key to understanding and improving water distribution and management practices in the region. Featuring work by leading scholars in the field, this volume will be essential reading for students and scholars of water, gender, and development in South Asia.
Contents

List of Tables and Figures

List of Abbreviations

Preface and Acknowledgements

 

Section 1: Understanding Gender and Water Linkages

1.         Gender and Water in South Asia: Revisiting Perspectives, Policies and Practice

               Sara Ahmed and Margreet Zwarteveen

2.         Understanding Gendered Agency in Water Governance

               Frances Cleaver

 

Section 2: Gender, Water Laws and Policies

3.         Gender, Water Laws and Policies: An Introduction

               Margreet Zwarteveen and Sara Ahmed

4.         Decentralising or Marginalising Women: Gender Relations and Sector Reforms in India

               Seema K. Kulkarni and K.J. Joy

5.         The Right to Water in Different Discourses

               Priya Sangameswaran

6.         Water Rights and Gender Rights: The Sri Lanka Experience

               Kusum Athukorala and Ruana Rajepakse

 

Section 3: Gender, Water Supply and Sanitation

7.         Gender in Drinking Water and Sanitation: An Introduction

               Deepa Joshi and Margreet Zwarteveen

8.         Sanitation for the Urban Poor: Gender Matters

               Deepa Joshi, Ben Fawcett and Fouzia Mannan

9.         Reducing a Community’s Water and Sanitation Burden: Insights from Maharashtra

               Nitish Jha

10.       Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Political Ecology of the Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh

               Farhana Sultana

11.       Modern Water for Modern Women: Questioning the Relationship between Gender,             Empowerment and Participation

               Kathleen O’Reilly

 

Section 4: Gender, Water and Agrarian Change

12.       Gender, Water and Agrarian Change: An Introduction

               Margreet Zwarteveen

13.       Groundwater Vending and Appropriation of Women’s Labour: Gender, Water Scarcity           and Agrarian Change in a Gujarati Village, India

               Anjal Prakash

14.       Highlighting the User in Waste Water Irrigation Research: Gender, Class and Caste             Dynamics of Livelihoods near Hyderabad, India

               Stephanie Buechler and Gayathri Devi Mekala

 

Secion 5: Gender and Water Technologies

15.       Gender and Water Technologies: An Introduction

               Margreet Zwarteveen

16.       Farming Women and Irrigation Technology: Cases from Nepal

               Bhawana Upadhyay

17.       Gender and Water Technologies: Linking the Variables in Arsenic and Fluoride             Mitigation

               Nandita Singh

18.       Perspectives on Gender and Large Dams

               Lyla Mehta

19.       Large Water Control Mechanisms: Gender Impact of the Damodar Valley Corporation,   India

               Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

 

Section 6: Strategies to Address Gendered Water Concerns

20.       Strategies to Address Gendered Water Concerns: An Introduction

               Suman Rimal Gautam and Margreet Zwarteveen

21.       Improving Processes of Natural Resources Management at the Grassroots: The Case of         the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

               Smita Mishra Panda and Ravi Sannabhadti

22.       Thinking and Acting on Gender Issues: The Interface of Policy, Culture and Identity

               Pranita Bhushan Udas

23.       Adopting a Gender Approach in a Water and Sanitation Project: The Case of the 4WS    Project in Coastal Communities in South Asia

               Christine Sijbesma, Kochurani Mathew, Rashika Nishshanka, Palitha Jayaweera,             Marielle Snel, Helvi Heinonen-Tanski, Avizit Reaz Quazi, M.D. Jakariya

 

Glossary

Notes on Contributors

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