Women and Water: Who Keeps India Alive? (An Online Photo Exhibition)
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Water is Life! A person will die without water in about 3-5 days.
Now consider this. Of India’s 35 states, only 7 have drinking water available for all their at least 300 million people in rural India have no direct source of drinking water in their homes. So where do they get their water from?inhabitants. And
It has to be fetched from wells, ponds and Not by men or boys.. This back-breaking task is done entirely by girls and women in India.
The women have to walk long distances to get to the water source, and then lug home the heavy pots on their heads. One trip is never enough, so they must make many trips, barefoot across rough terrain. There are parts of India, where the climate is women spend 6 hours a day fetching drinking water for their homes. And this is a job that does not let up for even a day. Families need drinking water every day!and water is scarce, and
But drinking water is only the basic water need of a family. Children have to be bathed. Dishes have to be washed. And there is laundry to be done. So besides fetching drinking water, the women also lug their dishes and bags of laundry to the ponds or rivers – to do their mandatory household jobs.
The urban picture is not much rosier. 40 million people living in slums across India do not have running water in their homes. Again it is women in the slums who have to fetch water for their families by lining up at public taps with their buckets, which they then haul home. These women often have to wait hours in line for water because there are very few taps in every slum. And water is not available round the clock. The municipality releases the water in these taps only twice a day, at certain times. In southwest Delhi‘s Mangla Puri slums which have more than 2000 residents, there are only two municipal taps.
The irony here is this: That section of society, girls and women, that labors for hours every day, delivering water, keeping India alive, is the very section that is being annihilated by India!
So we present for you here an on-line photo exhibition from created from the contributions of the 2600 photographers who are supporters of the 50 Million Missing Photographers’ Group on Flickr. The photos here are colorful and wonderfully composed from a photographic viewpoint, and so it would be easy to romanticize them as vignettes of an exotic India. But as you browse through this exhibition please keep in mind the information we’ve provided here in this post.