Photo credits: Rural Advisory Service

In parts of rural Kyrgyzstan, dwindling water resources are having a big impact on agriculture. Collecting water for irrigation is considered women’s work, but until recently, the local community would exclude women in making decisions about water management.

Through a livelihoods project funded by the Government of Finland, UN Women has facilitated the establishment of 14 women’s self-help groups in southern Kyrgyzstan that now have 170 members. The project provided skills training to boost women’s income and connected them with Water User Associations and local-self-governments so that women could have a voice in water management decisions that impacted their daily lives, livelihoods and safety.

Read the story of Shakhodat Teshebayeva, a 50-year-old female farm worker who mobilized women in her area here.

 

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