How Nepal Benefits When Women Become Active in Water Management


Humanitarian engineering student Elia Hauge discovers that a changing demographic in Nepal has led to more women taking on active roles in managing water.

While on her way to Nepal to study the country’s water management practices, UNSW humanitarian engineering student Elia Hauge was feeling a little apprehensive about what she’d gotten herself into.

“I felt extremely underprepared because I really didn't have my head around how the politics of water in Nepal worked,” she says. “I was a bit nervous about walking into this unknown and frustrated with myself for not being able to find answers on the internet or in all the papers I read about how water is managed there.”

But after meeting Nepal’s ex-Minister for Water Resources who admitted that even he didn’t have a complete grasp of the country’s disparate water management practices, her original anxieties evaporated.

The fourth-year humanitarian engineering student will this year be submitting a thesis based on her research that examined how Nepalese people manage water resources with a special focus on the role that women play in it.

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