Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 82/83, Spring

Editor's Note
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared, for the first time, that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. The historic resolution was put forward by Bolivia and co-sponsored by 35 countries with 122 countries...
Featured Artist: Karen Hibbard
Artist StatementI obtained my Master's degree (MFA] in Print Media from the University of Concordia in 2000. 1 am presently teaching drawing at the University of Manitoba.For ten years, I was an artist and a member of the board of directors at Open Studio,...
Gender and Careers in the Canadian Water Policy Community
An Urgent and Neglected Problem: Retaining Talent Across Life StagesWater research and policy conferences are great for candid conversations, particularly with women who juggle parenthood and their professional opportunities. Mention "children-under-five"...
Giving Women a Voice on Water
© International Development Research Centre 2010In the past two decades, decentralization of power and responsibilities from national to local levels has changed the face of governments around the globe. It has also given women new opportunities to participate...
Lest the Creek Run Dry
After having danced barefoot in the village for two weeks and walked around in flip-flops for the other six, I was not quite sure how I would get rid of the perma-dirt that had formed crosshatches on the soles of my feet. I had just returned to Canada...
Skeena Sisters: Fighting to Save a Sacred River System
Last summer, Ali Howard cannonballed into the Skeena River's headwaters in northwestern British Columbia's Spatsizi Plateau. She raised one arm, then the other, for the first strokes in her 610 kilometre swim to the Pacific Ocean. Inside, she felt immense...
The Anishinabe Kweag Were Bound to Protect the Water for Future Generations
How a Group of Indigenous Women Galvanized a Decades-old Environmental Battle and WonSite 41: it is a sterile name for a fertile patch of land chosen almost a quarter century ago to be a replacement dump site. But Site 41 became known across Canada and...
"The Water Front" Documentary: Water Politics from a Feminist Perspective
A few years ago, I began working on a documentary film project, "The Water Front", to bring the controversial issue of water privatization to the larger public. I, like many others, was waking up to the realization that climate change, water privatization,...
Web Resources
WE ResourcesORGANIZATIONS, MOVEMENTS AND RESOURCESBlue Planet ProjectA global initiative working with partners around the world to achieve the goal of water justice now.www.blueplanetproject.netCanadian Water Resources AssociationThe Canadian Water Resources...
Women's Household Water Management in Mylai Balaji Nagar, Chennai, India
In the south of Chennai, India, lies Mylai Balaji Nagar, a resettlement colony of about 10,000 low-income residents. In 1995, 2700 families of mostly pavement dwellers were evicted from Mylapore (Central) Chennai and resettled on a coastal wetland in...
Women & Water in the Age of Globalization: Protecting Our Most Vital Resource
This article considers strategies for addressing scarce water resources - privatization, a human rights approach and community control - from a gendered health perspective. The availability and cost of water has implications for women, both in terms...
Women Working on the Water Front
© International Development Research Centre 2010BELOW, SEEMA KULKARNI REFLECTS ON A RECENT SURVEY SHE HELPED COORDINATE OF FEMALE PROFESSIONALS EMPLOYED IN THE WATER SECTOR IN SOUTH ASIA. THE RESEARCHERS IN BANGLADESH, INDIA, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, AND SRI...