Gender in Inter-State Water Conflicts


Lossow, Tobias Von. 2015. “Gender in Inter-State Water Conflicts.” Peace Review 27 (2): 196–201. doi: 10.1080/10402659.2015.1037628.

Author: Tobias Von Lossow


This article addresses the lack of a comprehensive gender analysis in inter-state water conflict discourse. Inter-state water conflict is a traditionally masculinized field as it converges with three masculinized aspects. These aspects include the issue of dispute, conflict, and warfare, the issue of conflicts occurring in inter-state political domains, and the issue that hydro-engineering, utilization of water and building water infrastructure are inherently masculinized fields. The author notes that gender analysis within water infrastructure is limited to acknowledging that women and children are the most affected by water crises, with a lack of understanding what this inherently means in policy. The paper ends with two policy recommendations to promoting gender sensitivity in water infrastructure planning. First, that gender needs to be included in all processes of inter-state water conflicts. Second, that the Western donor community needs to rethink its gendered rhetoric by replacing unnecessary terminology with affirmative and aware policy. 

Topics: Environment, Climate Change, Environmental Disasters, Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gender Analysis, Femininity/ies, Gender Mainstreaming, Humanitarian Assistance, Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation

Year: 2015

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