Valdivieso, Sybila, Women & Environments International Magazine
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 voting in favour and 41 countries abstaining. There were no votes against the resolution.
UNICEF has said that 40% of the world lives without adequate sanitation and that more than one billion people have little or no access to clean drinking water. The ones most affected by this crisis are women because they are the primary caretakers of the home, the ones who search for water, who tend to crops and who raise children. For the same reasons, women also suffer disproportionately from the push to privatise water in developing countries. However, it is important to point out that women have also fought back and in many cases have developed workable public mechanisms for meeting the needs of their communities for clean water and sanitation. Their expertise needs to be considered. This issue of WEI provides a link between and insight into gender and this water crisis while reinforcing the concept that any solution to the problem needs to include the participation of all.
WEI thanks all the contributors who shared their words, perspectives, art and insight on this issue. We also thank the issue coordinator Genevieve Drouin for her dedication to ensuring this issue was developed. A thank you also goes out to the entire issue team consisting of Sarah Atchison, Sara Burgess, Genevieve Drouin, Sonja Greckol, Karla Orantes, Dayna Scott and Elliot Spears.
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Putting This Issue Together
Sarah Atchison has graduate degrees from Northern Ireland in peace and reconciliation studies and human rights law. …