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Title:The challenges facing women in the water sector profession
Author:Maphosa, Beatrice
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Geographic term:South Africa
water management
gender inequality
Abstract:In most African countries the collection and storage of water is defined as a woman's job. In spite of that, women's participation in the professional water sector has been noted to be minimal. This article addresses the challenges faced by women as they work their way up to managerial and professinal positions in the water sector. The study's focus on the relation between women and water use and water management is motivated by the fact that working with and for water consumes a large percentage of women's time. The researcher argues that given women's key roles in domestic water work, they should also be able to play key roles at professional levels. Through qualitative research, it was found that education and culture, among other things, play a major role in the choices women end up making. The article concludes by noting that the playing field is not yet level enough to allow for equal participation of women and men, as some of the identified constraints still persist. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]