Reading: Water, Gender and Climate Change

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A short introductory reading from the GenderCC Women for Climate Justice website that summarizes the gendered roles of water provision and management. This reading is part of a larger study on the gender dimensions of climate change in several sectors such as agriculture, biodiversity, consumption, disaster, energy, forests, health, migration, population, tourism, transport, waste and water. The reading specifically discusses the access, consumption and use of water resources by women. It also focuses on  challenges that women face due to climate change induced water scarcity.

Students will learn about gender inequalities with regards to water accessibility, consumption and utilization. They will also learn how climate change may increase the burden and responsibilities on women due to water scarcity and other impacts.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss the gender dimensions of water management and climate change. 
  2. What challenges do women face due to climate change induced water scarcity?
  3. How does women’s knowledge of household water issues contribute to effective water management and planning?

About the tool 

Tool NameWater, Gender and Climate Change
DisciplineSocial Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineGender, Gender Studies, Water, Water Management, Water Scarcity
Climate Topic Climate and Society, Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance
Type of tool Reading 
Grade LevelUndergraduate, Graduate
Developed byGenderCC Women for Climate Justice
Hosted atGenderCC Women for Climate Justice website
Computer SkillsBasic 
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