By COMMUNITY WATER ALLIANCE INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
Community Water Alliance today joins the 24 hour feminist action under the world March of Women in resisting commoditisation of women and GBV.
This year has been a tough year for women in Africa who have to endure queuing at public water points and expose themselves to COVID-19. Patriarchy has confined non-paying household chores of fetching water to women.
During lock-downs called by governments in Africa, women are enduring the burden of catering for household water needs which have been increased by the continued stay of families at household level for the past 28 and more days.
In Zimbabwean cities where the crisis of water delivery has reached alarming levels emanating from a variety of factors climate change included, women had to endure the gender-blind lock downs, moving out of the home to queue at public water points where there are no sanitizers and where they handle bush pump boreholes with no Government assistance in providing safety.
Women endure GBV at public water points where water barons (men) capitalize on the scarce resource to make money. Sextortion has been used at public water points, to entice young women in avoiding long painful queues.
That is why as a Water Movement we believe that there is urgent need for meaningful fiscal commitment to water and sanitation. COVID-19 has exposed the need to ensure water is accessed at the tap at each household. Neglecting full observance of the human right to water is one of serious gender blind actions in Africa.
Community Water Alliance therefore call our women volunteers who manages public water points to wear our t-shirts today while administering their duties.
The colours to wear are red, blue and black. Red as an expression that we have entered red zone where the crisis of water delivery has exposed women who queue at public water points, to COVID-19 and exposed citizens who are supposed to undertake hand-washing under running water regularly. Blue is our symbol to demand potable water as a human right. Black symbolize the death of genuine water delivery.