Water is Life - Women's human rights in national and local water governance in Southern and Eastern Africa

This inter-disciplinary volume examines water and sanitation as an African gender and human rights issue. Empirical case studies from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe show how coexisting international, national and local regulations of water and sanitation respond to the ways in which different groups of rural and urban women gain access to water for personal, domestic and livelihood purposes. The studies demonstrate that existing water governance structures lack mechanisms which make them accountable to poor and vulnerable water users on the ground, most importantly women.

Edited by Anne Hellum, Patricia Kameri-Mbote & Barbara van Koppen