Human Architecture Group | Water Insecurity and Gender-based Violence: A comparative study of Indonesian and Peruvian women

Stroma Cole

Binahayati Rusyidi (Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia), Paula Tallman (The Field Musem Of Natural History, US), Gabriella Salmón (Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Perú)
British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Grant 400136

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent public health threats in the world today, with as many as one out of every four women affected. As water insecurity continues to grow, will women be at greater risk from domestic violence?

Working at the intersection of SDG 5 and SDG6 this research explores the interconnection. Specifically, we have extended HWISE, a cross- culturally validated, internationally used scale to explore household level water insecurity and added a section dedicated to GBV.

The quantitative survey in Sumba has shown a strong association between household water insecurity and GBV – in fact, in water insecure areas women are three times more likely to suffer from GBV. And we have many stories from women to back up the statistics.

The project is ongoing. We are in the process of running participative workshops with health and water management practitioners to explore policies and practices that can help reduce women’s vulnerability and increase their resilience.

This research is funded by the British Academy and is a collaboration between international academics, international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and practitioners, in Peru and Indonesia.