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Why Women?

Women have historical and traditional ties and spiritual relationships with water. In this way, water is of central importance to health broadly-defined (i.e. not just physical health). However, often women are not specifically studied or physical effects on women are measured in relation to the health of their unborn and new babies. Furthermore, literature reviews show that a gender perspective is largely absent from research on water resources and related policy reports in Canada and very few studies focus on women and water in developed countries. While case studies and research from developing countries is useful for identifying themes and gives us clues about what the gender dimensions of the topic might be, it is also expected that those dimensions will take on a distinctly different form in Canada. This website will explore the gendered risks to women in a country where access to safe water is often taken for granted.