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Environment: Water and Pollution: South Asia
(1,976 words)

Water flows through all facets of life and livelihood in South Asia. Folk rituals and practices to enhance precipitation and prevent scarcity speak eloquently to the role of the region's water resources in everyday life. For South Asian women, water takes on significant meaning and importance. Water is central to much of women's productive and reproductive work: domestic tasks including cleaning, cooking, and washing clothes; caring for the health and well-being of family members; irrigation in …

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Halvorson, Sarah J., “Environment: Water and Pollution: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0260c>
First published online: 2009

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