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Women, water, work and inequality

Published: Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016
Author: Paige Magdalene Korner
Department: Asian Studies Center

By Eric Freedman

Water is a precious commodity in rural Uzbekistan. It's in short supply but essential for the cotton and wheat that are the landlocked Central Asian country's "strategic export commodities" providing 30 percent of its gross domestic product.

Water is just as essential for peasants who grow most of their own food.