publication . Article . 2008

Gender and water from a human rights perspective : The role of context in translating international norms into local action

Karsten Åström; Håkan Hydén; Per Wickenberg; Nandita Singh;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2008 Journal: Rural Society, volume 18, pages 185-193 (issn: 1037-1656, eissn: 2204-0536, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
An important area in the discourse on gender and water is water supply where women are seen as the key actors and beneficiaries. A human rights approach to development has been adopted with access to safe water explicitly recognized as a basic human right. This right places a legal obligation upon governments to translate the international norms into practice. But does explicitly acknowledging the human right to water make a practical difference in women's lives? Using an actor-oriented perspective, this paper analyzes how the international legal norms for realization of the right get reconstructed in local communities where women are the right holders. The empi...
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free text keywords: Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, gender, water, rural, social norms, cultural beliefs, India, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, Tvärvetenskapliga studier inom samhällsvetenskap, Human rights, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Sociology, Beneficiary, Norm (social), Obligation, Qualitative research, Public relations, business.industry, business, Sociology of law, Project commissioning, Public administration, Water supply
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