IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminar by Ms. Neha Mungekar, MSc new alumna

Why is fetching water considered as a women’s (or children’s) job?

  • 24 May 2019
  • 11:45 - 12:45
  • Online
IHE Delft

IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminars are designed as a means of providing lifelong learning to the Institute Alumni community and Partners. Since the topics will be of interest to a broader audience, they are open to all interested persons. The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is organized in collaboration with the WaterChannel, IHE Delft partner.


Why is fetching water considered as a women’s (or children’s) job?
In a tribal village in Zambia, fetching water has always been women’s (and children’s) job. This assignment of the role has its roots to the cultural norms of the place. These cultural norms affect the access to water. Access to water is understood as the ability to derive benefits from water for a given condition and in a particular situation. However, the benefits (or lack thereof) are reaped differently by men, women and children. The gendered norms thereby play a critical role in division of labour. Therefore, the objective of this research was to examine the role of gender to access water for domestic consumption, specifically within the existing institutional arrangements of Kapau, Western Province in Zambia. The research dissects these very institutions which affects meaningful participation of individuals in regards to access to water.
The webinar will present an overview of how the research was conducted and the findings.


Ms. Neha Mungekar recently graduated from IHE Delft from Water Management and Governance programme. Prior coming to the Netherlands, Neha worked as an urban designer with World Resources Institute (WRI) India, and before that, as an architect in various private organizations. As an urban designer, she was responsible for coordinating sustainable urban-planning projects while liaising with local municipalities, donors and project partners. Neha is also actively engaged in environmental photo-journalism and is a published documentary photographer where she aims to sensitize the readers on environment-related issues.

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