In a tribal village in Zambia, fetching water has always been women’s (and children’s) job. This assignment of the role has its roots to the cultural norms of the place. These cultural norms affect the access to water. Access to water is understood as the ability to derive benefits from water for a given condition and in a particular situation. However, the benefits (or lack thereof) are reaped differently by men, women and children. The gendered norms thereby play a critical role in division of labour. Therefore, the objective of this research was to examine the role of gender to access water for domestic consumption, specifically within the existing institutional arrangements of Kapau, Western Province in Zambia. The research dissects these very institutions which affects meaningful participation of individuals in regards to access to water.
In this webinar Ms. Neha Mungekar presents the outcomes and methods of her research very visual. Ms. Neha Mungekar recently graduated from IHE Delft from Water Management and Governance programme. Prior coming to the Netherlands, Neha worked as an urban designer with World Resources Institute (WRI) India, and before that, as an architect in various private organizations. As an urban designer, she was responsible for coordinating sustainable urban-planning projects while liaising with local municipalities, donors and project partners. Neha is also actively engaged in environmental photo-journalism and is a published documentary photographer where she aims to sensitize the readers on environment-related issues.