Honoring Women River Defenders

Honoring Women River Defenders

All over the world, women play a critical leadership and community role in providing, managing and safeguarding water resources. Yet too often, governments ignore women’s lives and perspectives when making decisions about water. Years of experience have shown us that dams and other water infrastructure impact communities in gendered ways. Hydropower dam projects often exacerbate…

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Women and Rivers’ Defender Spotlight: Zerin Ahmed

Women and Rivers’ Defender Spotlight: Zerin Ahmed

by Petro Kotze and Nalori Chakma Connecting to riverine communities gave direction to her career  Globally, young activists have increasingly taken a stand calling for social change. Zerin Ahmed is one of those inspiring young leaders. The 25-year-old activist and educator is based in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, where she promotes environmental education and…

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How Hydropower Development Devastated the Loktak Wetlands and the Livelihoods of Women and Communities

How Hydropower Development Devastated the Loktak Wetlands and the Livelihoods of Women and Communities

By: Jiten Yumnam, Nalori Dhammei Chakma and Petro Kotze The Meitei people call the Loktak Wetlands in India’s North East region Loktak Lairembi or, the mother goddess. The wetlands are the foundation of their socio-economic development and rich cultural heritage, but has been decimated by the construction of the contentious and controversial 105 MW Loktak…

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Water, Women, and Governance: What are the challenges for gender equity? (Webinar)

Water, Women, and Governance: What are the challenges for gender equity? (Webinar)

On March 30, 2021, at 5 pm, Brasília time, the Water Governance Observatory (OGA), the Institute of Water and Sanitation (Instituto Água e Saneamento, IAS), International Rivers and Fundación Avina promote the Webinar “Water, women and governance: what are the challenges for gender equity?”. The event will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of the…

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Op-Ed | Women Bear the Highest Cost of Injustice

Op-Ed | Women Bear the Highest Cost of Injustice

By: Pai Deetes, Regional Campaigns and Communications Director, Southeast Asia ProgramInternational Rivers Op-ed originally published on Bangkok Post Soithip, an ethnic Karen-Thai woman from Bang Kloi in the Kaeng Krachan Forest, was among 22 villagers who were rounded up last Friday by state authorities and put behind bars at the Phetchaburi Provincial Prison. Returning to…

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A legal challenge to dams on the last free flowing stretch of the Teesta:  Ms. Mingma Lhamu, a Sikkimese lawyer up for the challenge!

A legal challenge to dams on the last free flowing stretch of the Teesta: Ms. Mingma Lhamu, a Sikkimese lawyer up for the challenge!

A young women lawyer working with indigenous Lepcha activists to protect the last free flowing stretch of the Teesta from a destructive dam.  By: Ayesha DSouza, South Asia Program Coordinator & guest writer Melanie Scaife The Teesta River originates in the eastern Himalayas, winding its way through the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal…

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Speaking up for a silenced river

Speaking up for a silenced river

By: Ayesha DSouza, South Asia Program Coordinator & guest writer Melanie Scaife Mayalmit Lepcha grew up listening to the sounds of the Rongyoung River, which flows past her village in Dzongu, in the Indian state of Sikkim. This tiny state lies in the heart of the Himalayas between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and is a…

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