Water Security Across the Gender Divide

  • Christiane Fröhlich
  • Giovanna Gioli
  • Roger Cremades
  • Henri Myrttinen

Part of the Water Security in a New World book series (WSEC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henri Myrttinen, Roger Cremades, Christiane Fröhlich, Giovanna Gioli
      Pages 3-14
  3. Research and Policy Challenges

  4. Regional Perspectives on Gender and Water Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Mauro van Aken, Anita De Donato
      Pages 61-82
    3. Deepa Joshi, Natasha Donn-Arnold, Mart Kamphuis
      Pages 83-100
    4. Beatrice Mosello, Virginie Le Masson, Gladys Le Masson, Elena Diato, Véronique Barbelet
      Pages 101-124
    5. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Edward Bikketi
      Pages 125-150
  5. Gender-Positive Transformation Potentials in Water Conflicts

  6. Christiane Fröhlich, Giovanna Gioli, Roger Cremades, Henri Myrttinen
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-233

About this book


This book examines water security as a prime example of how the economic, socio-cultural and political-normative systems that regulate access to water reflect the evolving and gendered power relations between different societal groups. Access to water is characterized by inequalities: it depends not only on natural water availability, but also on the respective socio-political context. It is regulated by gender-differentiated roles and responsibilities towards the resource, which are strongly influenced by, among others, tradition, religion, customary law, geographical availability, as well as the historical and socio-political context.  

While gender has been recognized as a key intervening variable in achieving equitable water access, most studies fail to acknowledge the deep interrelations between social structures and patterns of water use. Proof of these shortcomings is the enduring lack of data on water accessibility, availability and utilization that sufficiently acknowledges the relational nature of gender and other categories of power and difference, like class and socioeconomic status, as well as their comprehensive analysis. This book addresses this major research gap.


disaggregated enquiry gender-water nexus securitization water accesibility water conflict

Editors and affiliations

  • Christiane Fröhlich
    • 1
  • Giovanna Gioli
    • 2
  • Roger Cremades
    • 3
  • Henri Myrttinen
    • 4
  1. 1.Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)KathmanduNepal
  3. 3.Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)HamburgGermany
  4. 4.International AlertLondonUnited Kingdom

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