Women and Water in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes


Bastidas, Elena P. 2005. “Women and Water in the Northern Ecuadorian Andes,” In Opposing Currents: The Politics of Water and Gender in Latin America, edited by Vivienne Bennett, Sonia Dávila-Poblete, and María Nieves Rico, 155-169. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Author: Elena P. Bastidas



“This case study shows that participation of women in user groups and WUA meetings is low (9 percent). A major reason for this low participation is the cultural barriers women face when they are with men, which inhibit their participation. The study demonstrates the importance of household composition and family life cycle as factors influencing the opportunities and challenges that shape women’s participation in rural water management. In this case, a gender analysis highlights not only that men and women have varying priorities regarding water, but also that different women have different priorities regarding water because of their different roles and responsibilities, which are not static but change over time.” (169)

“One condition for ensuring that women’s voices are heard and that a higher degree of female participation is achieved in the WUAs is recognizing women as resource user and managers. The study demonstrates the crucial role of women in the provision of water for domestic use as well as their important role in irrigated agriculture.” (169)

Topics: Civil Society, Gender, Women, Gender Roles, Gender Analysis, Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation Regions: Americas, South America Countries: Ecuador

Year: 2005

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