“According to the World Health Organization, women and children in Africa spend around 40 billion hours collecting water each year, but women are systematically excluded from all decision making in areas of water and sanitation.”
In 2011, Caroline D’Angelo and Dakota Dobyns, two graduates of a Master in Environmental studies program, traveled to Sri Lanka for a conference on water and sanitation, hosted by the Bengal Engineering and Science University. What they noticed is that they were the only women in the room. What they knew was that outside of this room, women are hugely affected by water and sanitation and should play a role in the decision making process as well.
The two women decided to do something and started the Journal of Gender and Water: wH2O. Covering a range of topics, including technologies, school initiatives, climate change and geography, you can read the first issue here.