Rural Society

The journal of research into rural and regional social issues which include the rural media, small town development, rural gender issues and much more.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, December

Act on Gender: A Peep into Intra-Household Water Use in the Australian Capital Territory (Act) Region
AbstractIntra-household water use and management from a gender perspective has remained a relatively under-researched theme in developed countries. Australia is no exception, with the lack of research particularly evident in the many rural and peri-urban...
Adult Males Dominate Water Abstraction at the Middle Reaches of a Rural Stream in Southwestern Kenya
AbstractIn rural sub-Saharan Africa, small scale water abstraction could be described as the manual withdrawal of water usually from the banks of shallow surface water systems by people with the aid of 10- and/or 20-litre containers mainly for domestic...
Bearing the Cost: An Examination of the Gendered Impacts of Water Policy Reform in Malawi
AbstractWater insecurity is one of the most pressing issues currently faced by Malawi. The consequences of these issues are borne significantly by women, who are most directly involved with water provision and use, particularly at the household level....
Building Rain Water Tanks and Building Skills: A Case Study of a Women's Organization in Uganda
AbstractWater collection in rural areas of Uganda is left primarily to women and children. Katosi Women Development Trust, an NGO based in rural Uganda has focused on addressing the gender-linked issue of increased water sources near the home through...
Gender and Water from a Human Rights Perspective: The Role of Context in Translating International Norms into Local Action
AbstractAn important area in the discourse on gender and water is water supply where women are seen as the key actors and beneficiaries. A human rights approach to development has been adopted with access to safe water explicitly recognized as a basic...
Gender Issues in Water User Associations in China: A Case Study in Gansu Province
AbstractThe World Bank imported the concept of Water User Association (WUA) to China in 1994, promoting participatory irrigation management in China to address the increasing scarcity of water resources. The purpose was to involve rural communities in...
My Water's Fine, Isn't It? an Exploration of the Gendered Perception of Water Quality and Security in Australia
AbstractDrinking water is one of the most vital elements to the well-being of all species on earth, yet is something many humans in developed nations take for granted. Drawing from face-to-face interviews with 169 Australian residents in four capital...
Utilising Diversity to Achieve Water Equity
AbstractIn the realm of water justice there are a myriad of competing equity claims. Water is highly valued for a range of uses but competition for the resource can create divisions among the community of users. Moreover some parts of the community such...
Water and Gender
It is a great honour to be invited to edit this special issue of Rural Society on Water and Gender. The topic is critical and timely because it is foreshadowed that lack of access to clean reliable freshwater will be the world's greatest threat in the...
Water-Recycling in South-East Queensland, Australia: What Do Men and Women Think?
AbstractIn January 2007, South-East Queensland became the first region in Australia to formally decide to introduce recycled water into the drinking supplies. Internationally, although water recycling occurs in the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore...
Who Determines Access to Australia's Water? Social Flow, Gender, Citizenship and Stakeholder Priorities in the Australian Water Crisis
AbstractWater, or lack of it, has become an issue of national and international significance. Who gets it and for what purpose are critical decisions being made right around the globe. In this paper we argue that the bodies through which these decisions...