Why Rajasthan

Water security in Rajasthan helps empower women.

If you have ever traveled to India, you are abundantly aware of the incredible beauty of this land and its people. But in Rajasthan, gender equality, resource usage, education, and economic opportunity are in serious need of reform.

We are humbled to work with Rajasthani communities in this transformative process and view our role as creating and protecting that inspirational space in which co-creation can take place.

WomenServe has therefore focused its attention on this remote region precisely because of its receptivity, and its capacity to pave the way to audacious global change.

Ourwhy Thar Gender Inequality

Gender

 

Life in the desert is hard, especially for women and girls. In Rajasthan, women and girls must learn to navigate an environment of deeply entrenched gender roles and rigid social structure.

12-18
age of marriage for the majority of girls.

43
infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

30-50%
of the mortality rate of girls under five is due to gender bias.

Ourwhy Thar Desert

Resources

 

Access to water is a major burden in the desert, where it only rains one month out of the year. Women and girls face this most strongly, as the responsibility of water collection falls on their shoulders.

67
years of drought in the Thar Desert over the last century.

5-10
hours spent by women and girls collecting water daily.

6
average number of months with limited access to drinking water.

Ourwhy Village

Economic Opportunity

 

To take control of her life, a woman must have the skills and opportunity to do so. In the harsh, rural desert, women and girls face many barriers which prevents her from earning an income and deciding her own future.

73%
of women are jobless.

65%
of rural women are illiterate.

13%
of landowners are female.

Girls Education Learning

Education

 

For girls in Rajasthan, an education can be the difference between a life of freedom or being married before their 18th birthday. But for generations, girls haven’t had the privilege and access to go to school.

40%
of girls who attend school drop out before 5th grade.

350,000
girls are out of school.

1 in 100
girls reach 12th grade.

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