wH2O, the Journal of Gender and Water, is an internationally recognized, peer reviewed publication serving as a centralized hub for information on gender issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene and gender equity in the water sector.

Our vision is to become an internationally recognized journal that serves as a centralized hub for information related to gender mainstreaming related to water, sanitation and hygiene, and gender equity in the water industry

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Current Volume: Volume 9 (2022)

Dear Reader,

I am delighted to present to you the 9th volume of the Journal of Gender and Water.

In this issue, we are inspired to present Ari Copeland, who shares his experience of being a transgender man in the water industry and provides insightful guidance on how to be gender inclusive in the workplace In his qualitative research, Bakir Amin analyzes how political instability has changed water access for women in Iraq.

One of our spotlight articles by Rachel Stevenoff and Ifeoma Ilebodo discusses how an humanitarian intervention in a clinic in Zimbabwe improved the quality of life for pregnant women, the elderly and girls

This issue covers a wide range of topics including art. In one of our spotlights, we showcase the work of Mallory Chaput, a budding artist inspiring future water leaders with her beautiful paintings, coloring pages and comics about water treatment.

In her review, Nairita Roy Chaudhuri explores a sustainable degrowth based strategy for climate adaptation in India using a gender relations approach. Natalia Mendoza and Camilia Olmedo further provides a much-needed spotlight on the organization, El Agua Es Oro, a non-profit running a mobile laundry service for women in Bolivia.

Anupama Ray and coauthors analyze the East Rapti watershed area in Nepal for women's perception of climate change and how this impacts gender mainstreaming in the study region.

We have introduced a new section this year which highlights a photo story by Sharada Prasad and Isha Ray The photo story shines light on lifestyle of several sanitation workers from India.

I would like to thank all our authors for their outstanding contributions and hope to continue this collaboration in the future. Thanks to our readers, sponsors and supporters for helping the journal thrive. Please enjoy this concise volume and write to us know if you have any feedback.

For any questions, email us at wh2ojournal@sas.upenn.edu

Swati Hegde, Ph.D.



Case Study




Photo Story


Caroline D’Angelo
Dakota Dobyns


Swati Hegde

Associate Editor

Avni Naik


Heather Buleje
Pam Lazos
Kimberley Foulds
Miriam Hacker
Meg Kramer
Melina Mallory
Swati Hegde
Avni Naik


Hanna Manninen

Cover Art

Mallory Chaput


The Water Center at Penn