ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Gendered Vulnerabilities in Diaras

People living in d iara villages within the embankments of the River Gandak in Bihar face high levels of vulnerability due to frequent flooding and droughts. Using anthropological surveys, gendered vulnerabilities in four diara villages in West Champaran are explored. Such vulnerability, in the context of a changing climate, combines social, political, and economic dimensions: the patriarchal creation of gender norms and biases; unequal access to water, sanitation, credit, and public distribution services; and limited employment opportunities. These elements influence the livelihood options of women and men differently, determining their capability in responding to risks posed by climatic and socio-economic stressors.

Challenges of Water Management

readers. Further, it also lists the organi- Challenges of Water sations working on promoting the con- Management Global Perspectives on Integrated Water Resources Management: A Resource Kit by Vasudha Pangare, Ganesh Pangare, Viraj Shah, B R Neupane and P Somasekhar Rao; Academic Foundation, New Delhi in association with the World Water Institute, Pune, 2006;

Contending Water Uses: Social Undercurrents in a Water-Scarce Village

Conditions of water scarcity have been aggravated in Vadali village of Gujarat due to the persisting differences between higher castes, chiefly the ahirs, and those lower in the hierarchy such as the kolis and other dalit castes. Power relations are linked to social and economic hierarchy and the issue of resource inequity must be tackled through policy and advocacy measures.
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