Water is an essential part of life – up to 70 percent of the human adult body is water. Water is necessary for all aspects of daily care: hygiene, cooking, washing, and drinking. Yet water also counts as a scarce resource for agricultural irrigation and is used for energy supply. Whereas water can be considered as the source of life, some consider it to be a tradeable good. Especially under the conditions of climate change, the availability of water becomes crucial.
The seminar will discuss the different levels of access to and use of water. This contains economic, political, and social issues which we will analyze during the course from a gendered perspective.
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