Underreported: Women and Water

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The burden usually falls to women to find and manage domestic water resources throughout developing countries in Africa and Asia. We look into why it’s so important for planners to involve women in developing sustainable water plans. Lydia Zigomo is a human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe who serves at WaterAid’s Head of Region for East Africa and is Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Women’s Network. Patricia Dandonoli is CEO ofWaterAid America.

Event: A panel discussion, "The Heaviest Load," will be at the American Museum of Natural History
Saturday, March 22 at 12 pm
Kaufman Theater, First Floor
Central Park West and 79th Street
Free with museum admission, for more info, go here.
It will also be webcast live here


Patricia Dandonoli and Lydia Zigomo

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An English farmer who had spent many years in southern Africa working on agriculture and development once told me a story about the delicate balance of schemes pertaining to water. He said that often, when the traditional methods of water gathering are disrupted by more advanced technology, women sometimes lose a social network. The hardship of walking miles to gather water was also a time when women got together to commune, discuss their problems and enjoy their friends. The ease of the new technology further isolated them women. I wonder if the guests could speak about this aspect of water development.

Mar. 20 2008 01:42 PM
j from nyc

another good organisation to check out is

engineers without borders. they send engineering students into areas of the world that require infrastructure projects to be designed and built for such purposes.

Mar. 20 2008 12:30 AM

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