Title

Does the human right to water address the gendered nature of water poverty?

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Clark, C 2015, 'Does the human right to water address the gendered nature of water poverty?', Human Rights Defender, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 31-32.

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Abstract

Access to water is a gendered issue. Women and girls lose hours of their productive time and energy collecting and queuing for water - as much as 40 billion hours a year - affecting not only their time, but their status both within the household and the wider community. Women also bear the overwhelming load of carrying out those household tasks that require water, including cooking, cleaning, caring for the sick and tending to kitchen gardens.