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Building Communities of Trust

Water Hierarchy

“Water Pressures”

Use the Power of Partnerships to Address Local and Global Water Issues

Building Communities of Trust: Creative Work for Social Change by Ann E. Feldman

A critical dynamic is playing out at the intersection of class and global water sustainability. We explore this major world issue through our personal experience building partnerships between a desert village in Rajasthan, India, and multiple Northwestern University programs and students, with corporate, government, NGO, and community support.

The result: the award-winning TV documentary Water Pressures which aired globally.

The case study highlights an 18-year-old girl from the Thar Desert in India and her documentary about women finding safe solutions for their sanitary needs, in the absence of available toilets.

Consider these questions as you explore the chapter...

  1. How can women’s and girl’s issues regarding sanitation and water be addressed locally and globally?
  2. What actions can be taken to ease the water burden on young girls and keep them in school once they reach puberty?

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