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Primary Advisor

Ron Morgan

Secondary Advisor

Sarah Easter

Committee Reader

Tim Kennedy


In light of a changing climate, access to clean, safe water has never been more important. However, development work in the clean water sector can often leave women on the sidelines. This thesis seeks to establish the importance of including women at all levels of clean water development work. The underlying philosophies of human rights and feminism are particularly relevant to this work and are expounded upon in the first portion of the paper. This section is followed by a literature review, which synthesizes some of the major obstacles that women face in the area of water access, particularly in light of climate change. Next, a case study is offered from my own experience working in Ghana in the summer of 2017. This is followed by a section detailing some of the reasons to include women in the development process. Finally, a few salient “ways forward” are offered as best methods from the literature and confirmations of what I observed during my time in Ghana.

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