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Cameron Davidson

IWC Alumnus

WATER AND GENDER: A DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP IN BEDOUIN COMMUNITIES OF ISRAEL, JORDAN AND THE WEST BANK

In Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, formerly nomadic Bedouin communities are frequently marginalised and face difficulties in water and sanitation access, supply and management.

This study focused on Bedouin women, who often lack engagement in WASH initiatives, to gain an understanding of genders role in water management of Bedouin communities in Israel Jordan and the West Bank. Through interviews, site visits and collaborating with NGOs, the study analysed how issues involving water and sanitation are embedded within the regions social, political, economic and environmental context, through a focus on womens perspectives.

This study aimed to identify potential similarities and differences among selected communities and develop a greater understanding of the ways that Bedouin women perceive and are impacted by the past, present and future water situation of their communities.

There are many lessons to be learnt about the dynamic relationship between water and gender and the way the two interact with and impact one another in Bedouin communities. By focusing on the role of women as water managers, the study identified recommendations for future research and projects in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, which can enable more sustainable outcomes in Bedouin communities of this region.


 

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