"This dam is cruel": women's lives and the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- client
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): D.Hemson, S.Drimie, K.Thabane
KEYWORDS: LESOTHO, LESOTHO HIGHLANDS WATER PROJECT, RESETTLEMENT, WOMEN
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2722

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Abstract

This study provides a gender sensitive impact assessment of Lesotho Highlands Water Project. It takes place at a time when water is increasingly becoming regarded as an economic good both as an input to agri-business and industry and to be priced for human consumption at its full cost. Displacement by dams involves a loss or resources, new settlements, and very substantial issues of social justice and equity. This study provides a description of the effects of displacement, the conditions of resettlement, policies, and perspectives from the women themselves.