Women, Rights, and Water

women_waterWomen are important.

Rights are important.

Water is important.

So, why are so many women so challenged when it comes to getting water? (to see some fascinating yet chilling visual evidence, click on “image credit” at the top of this post)

From OneWorld.Net: “Women and girls in developing countries bear significant economic, physical, and health burdens to provide water for their families on a daily basis — ‘this is the forgotten glass ceiling’, write sustainable water experts John Sauer and Andra Tamburro.”

The article goes on to say:

“Women in poor communities across Asia, Africa, and South America typically walk an average of 3 miles a day to fetch water for their households, often from contaminated sources such as rivers, unprotected springs, and shallow wells…The time this takes could be spent instead on income-generating activities, education, and caring for the family. Moreover, the quality of water that women in developing nations must bring home puts people at risk of deadly diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and amoebic dysentery, diarrheal diseases that kill more children under five than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.”

Why is this happening?

What can be done about it?

How will worsening climate change affect the situation?

Some of the answers can be found at OneWorld.Net’s Water and Sanitation guide.

The intro to the guide states:

“The achievement of providing 1.6 billion people with access to safe drinking water since 1990 is potentially jeopardised by the absence of matching investment in sanitation. The lack of hygienic facilities experienced by 2.5 billion people is a fundamental cause of disease which leads to 1.5 million deaths of children each year. Climate change uncertainties cast a menacing shadow over the efforts of developing countries to honour their citizens’ rights to safe water and sanitation.”

It continues with these topics (along with many links to further information):

Millennium Development Goals and Water and Sanitation
The Sanitation Deficit
The Benefits of Water and Sanitation
The Right to Water and Sanitation
Water and Sanitation in Global Politics
Local Governance of Water and Sanitation
Water is a Finite Resource
Climate Change and Water

Like most of the problems afflicting humanity, nothing significant will happen to rectify the situation until the people in-charge and the people affected attain some measure of Unity

Spiritual Quote:

“Women have equal rights with men upon earth; in religion and society they are a very important element. As long as women are prevented from attaining their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the greatness which might be theirs.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 133

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7 thoughts on “Women, Rights, and Water

  1. Alex,

    I so admire the breadth of the work you are doing, and reading this post, and others on the abuses of woman and children, I ask myself how can astrology benefit such devastation to so many members of our human family? On May 27 Jupiter, Neptune, and Chiron conjoin in Aquarius shortly before each celestial body stations retrograde; Neptune and water, Jupiter and justice, Chiron and healing; all three in the sign of Aquarius offering an awakening in human consciousness.

    I follow the wisdom of Krishnamurti and feel that change in consciousness comes from within each individual ……do you feel a change in human consciousness in the air?


    • I absolutely know a change in human consciousness is in the air and in more and more people’s minds and hearts.

      You may have noticed from this blog that I’m a Baha’i. I was the child of ministers and for most of my life I avoided organized religions; yet, the way the Baha’i Faith is organized, service for humanity is considered a form of worship. Can’t fall asleep in the pew if you’re busy helping others, eh?

  2. Alex, This one is especially timely. I agree with Lauren about the great and significant breadth of your blogging. I’ll share it with my students who are studying Millennium Development Goals and wondering what they can do to heal the planet and awaken people to their potential. Yesterday I found and showed them an amazingly hopeful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5pbw1Lf49c&feature=related

  3. PS. Did you know that the country with the highest percentage of women involved in parliamentary positions is
    Rwanda? It represents a turn-around we could all be considering!

    • Thank you, Marilyn, for pointing out that video!! I’m going to make it the focus of my next blog post!!!

      Also, I appreciate your sharing the post with your students but I hope you’ll share what they think…

  4. Great blog, nice design, good writing and I like the issues you are promoting. Great work all around! It’s time we took care of each other rather than giving all our money to corporations who think nothing of walking over individuals to achieve temporary profits.

    When we are all healthy and safe, worldwide, then we will achieve progess and a better standard of living for everyone – until this happens the human tragedy is unmeasurable. We are letting our present-day Da Vincis and Einsteins die before they can grow up and contribute.

    Re: change of consciousness in the air – “The only constant is change” – Alan Watts
    (there’s ALWAYS a change in consciousness going on, I think we call this evolution of mind and spirit over time)

    Great work, peace,
    Jose Sinclair
    http://wmsinclair.blogspot.com http://nationalrage.blogspot.com

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