Drinking Water Security for the Poor and Women

Organization/Alliance/Network Survival

Description: Participatory action research on demonstration of appropriate water technologies combining local and scientific knowledge to ensure access to safe drinking water in five climate-vulnerable ecosystems of flood, arsenic, saline, hilly and drought-prone remote areas for poor households to address acute fresh water scarcity situation. Also, engaging household women, primarily responsible to collect and preserve household water, to play leadership role by establishing village based people's institution called water council chaired by women and fifty percent members consisting of women in each council. Coordination committees of water councils under each project location were also engaged in liaison with local government officials for support to promote their basic right to safe drinking water in a changing climate. Activities to raise awareness and motivate included courtyard meetings, street drama and folk music, rallies by school students on water, sanitation, health and hygiene issues.

This action is addressing: Survival

One sentence to describe the impact of this action: Directly benefited 5000 families in 54 villages; household women as leaders. People sensitized. Incidence of water-borne diseases reduced.

Individual or Organizational action: Organization/Alliance/Network

Date of action: 2005-2009

Place of action: Bangladesh

Contact Information: Nazria Islam

E-mail: [email protected]

Name of Organization/Alliance/Network Or Team Name Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

Link to more information: http://www.bcas.net/

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