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Water development projects and marital violence: experiences from rural Bangladesh
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2012 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 33, no 3, 200-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, we explored the implications of a groundwater development project on women's workload and their experience of marital violence in a Bangladesh village. We believe that the project facilitated irrigation water but also that it resulted in seasonal domestic water shortages. Men used deep motorized pumps for irrigation, and women used shallow handpumps for domestic purposes. Many handpumps dried out, so women had to walk to distant wells. This increased their workload and challenged their possibilities of fulfilling household obligations, thereby increasing the risk of normative marital male violence against women as a punishment for their failure.

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2012. Vol. 33, no 3, 200-216 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55041DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2011.603861ISI: 000301985800002OAI: diva2:525235
Available from: 2012-05-07 Created: 2012-05-07 Last updated: 2012-05-14Bibliographically approved

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