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Women Water Friends script a success story

 IPS 21 March 2019

In the drought-stricken region of Uttar Pradesh – India’s largest and most populated state, women living in “lower castes” are fighting to end the water crisis in their own villages. Dressed in blue that symbolises water, the groups have named themselves: ‘Jal Saheli’ (meaning ‘Water Friend’ in Hindi). In areas of India, those deemed lower in the caste system are last to access water and sanitation. But the women “Water Friends” are taking a stand up against this cycle of discrimination and claim their right to local water sources, reports IPS. (960 Words) - By Stella Paul


Kamlesh Kumari – a “Water Friend” in Dharaupur village of north India’s Uttar Pradesh state demonstrates a tool kit she uses to repair hand-pumped wells. “We don’t want to depend on anyone for small water problems,” she says. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

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