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.