Gender and Water Dynamics in Iraq

Within the framework of the project “Clean Tigris- Dialogue Programme for Sustainable Peace in Mesopotamia” elbarlament published a book on sustainable solutions for issues such as climate change, water pollution and conflict due to water scarcity in the Land Between Two Rivers. 

In the second chapter of the book, Egyptian gender expert Salma Kadry takes a closer look at the different gender dynamics in Iraq. While water-related threats are pronounced across Iraqi society, their impacts are far from universal: water scarcity and its associated threats have important gender dimensions that shape how women and men experience and cope with these problems. Socially constructed norms and behaviors shape and consolidate structural and institutional discrimination and inequalities against women. Salma Kadry formulates recommendations on how to integrate women in water-related policies and responses and how to transform water-related threats into opportunities for advancing gender equality and female empowerment.

The book presents some of the results of an extensive research in 2020. While its goal is to promote environmental awareness in Iraq, it is also a response to the meagre research landscape regarding the water situation in Iraq and the Euphrates and Tigris basin.

In total, five contributions will shed light on the rivers in the land of the two streams from different perspectives: we look through a gender lens, discover the field of international conflict resolution, as well as good practices from the Rhine basin, learn about the very first laws on water management in Mesopotamia and travel to Basra to develop a sustainable vision of the southern city.


Download ‘Gender and Water Dynamics in Iraq’ here

The project is supported by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) programme “zivik”, with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.

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