Advances and Setbacks in Women’s Participation in Water Management in Brazil


Ferreira Jacques de Moraes, Andrea. 2015. “Advances and Setbacks in Women’s Participation in Water Management in Brazil.” In A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change, edited by Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie S. Hanson, 77–96. New York: Routledge.

Author: Andrea Ferreira Jacques de Moraes


The author analyzes the paradox of the importance of women in water management and their lack of resources and power to manage water, and the political and developmental projects that reinforce such gendered dimensions. Women’s participation in water management in the Brazilian semi-arid region is analyzed in this chapter. The One Million Cisterns program is cited, along with women’s participation in the National Council of Water Resources and Watershed Committees. A feminist political ecology approach identifies the paradox listed above, while providing insight on possible solutions to the gendered limitations to water resource management. 

Topics: Development, Economies, Environment, Ethnicity, Feminisms, Feminist Political Ecology, Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Gender Roles, Femininity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation, Rights, Land Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Brazil

Year: 2015

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