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Gender and water from a human rights perspective: The role of context in translating international norms into local action
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering. (Vattenförvaltning, Water Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6166-4992
Dept. of Sociology of Law, Lund University, Lund.
(Dept. of Sociology of Law, Lund University, Lund)
(Dept. of Sociology of Law, Lund University, Lund)
2008 (English)In: Rural Society, ISSN 1037-1656, Vol. 18, no 3, 185-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An important area in the discourse on gender and water is water supply where women are seen as the key actors and beneficiaries. A human rights approach to development has been adopted with access to safe water explicitly recognized as a basic human right. This right places a legal obligation upon governments to translate the international norms into practice.

But does explicitly acknowledging the human right to water make a practical difference in women's lives? Using an actor-oriented perspective, this paper analyzes how the international legal norms for realization of the right get reconstructed in local communities where women are the right holders. The empirical data for the analysis will be drawn from a first-hand qualitative study in rural India.

The findings of the study show how the socio-cultural matrix provides the environment for implementing the right and determines its equitable and effective exercise by women.


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e-Content Management , 2008. Vol. 18, no 3, 185-193 p.
Keyword [en]
human rights, gender, water, rural, social norms, cultural beliefs, India
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-60610ScopusID: 2-s2.0-60949094241OAI: diva2:477591
QC 20120126Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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