Gender Equality in Development Cooperation

Location: Bangkok, Thailand. 31st Mar 2016

SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) - an MFF institutional partner, recently published a series of stories highlighting the importance of gender equality in development cooperation. One of the articles titled "Reducing the ‘invisible workload’ by providing access to safe drinking water", documents the increase in women's discretionary time in one of MFF’s Small Grant Facility project.

The project titled ‘Promoting accessibility to safe drinking water for the vulnerable community in Kultoli village’, was implemented through a local organization, Nakshikantha Mohila Unnayan Sangstha, in a village in Shyamnagar, Bangladesh. The project focused on rehabilitating local freshwater sources for village locals who were facing scarcity of fresh water for consumption due to an increase in shrimp farming and high levels of salinity in the Chuna River. But the project achieved multiple benefits beyond this.

Women of the village, who were traditionally tasked with collecting freshwater for the family, spent up to two hours of their day walking three kilometers to the nearest clean water source. By re-excavating ponds and building a reservoir only 250 meters from their houses, the time needed to collect water was reduced to half an hour a day, saving two-and-a-half hours of the women’s time each day. Time saved in collecting potable water was redirected to productive work within the village and the once ‘invisible work’ of women and children became visible and recognized.

Read more: Reducing the "invisible workload" by providing access to safe drinking water.

Read more about MFF’s Gender Equality initiatives here

Women taking water from pond ShyamnagarCIUCN

Fetching daily drinking water from far away ponds is a daily ... , Shyamnagar, Satkhira, Bangladesh © IUCN, 2014

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Reducing the ‘invisible workload’ by providing access to safe drinking water

Author: Mangroves for the Future

Posted on: 31st Mar 2016

Category: MFF Partner (Institution)

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