Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration
February 23 to March 25, 2010
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Art has the responsibility to help society deal with its hidden conflicts and contradictions…to imagine what could exist and give it shape…open up a space for critical thinking.
- Herbert Marcuse
The Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration (WWR) project addresses the precarious state of the world’s fresh water supply and the global need for gender mainstreaming in water management. Through an art exhibition and related programs, WWR underscores the message that water access is a universal human right.
It is hoped that this website can assist you in planning your own WWR program. We believe that it is far more effective to engage local communities and local artists to address local water rights issues. We are available to help you in this effort.
We are facing a global water crisis:* 18% of the world’s population lack access to safe drinking water, and 42% lack access to basic sanitation. More than 2.2 million people die each year from diseases associated with these conditions. As water scarcity grows, so will these numbers. By 2025, it is estimated that two thirds of the world’s population will live in areas facing moderate to severe water stress.
WWR calls attention to the United Nation’s International Decade for Action, the Water for Life! agenda, and the UN Millennium Development Goals, the achievement of which hinge on integrated management of water resources. A target of the MDG’s is to halve by 2015 those peoples without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.
As women play a central role in water provision and management, women must be central in planning for the future. A focus of WWR is to examine how the inclusion of women in the management of local, regional, and global water resources. would improve the social, economic and environmental results. WWR will emphasize how the arts both reflect and alter societal attitudes leading to cultural and economic change.
- The University of Minnesota Department of Art
- The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Jane Addams Peace Association, Minnesota Metro Branch Arts Committee
- Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) Minnesota Chapter
- The Office of International Programs, University of Minnesota
- The Consortium for the Study of the Asias, University of Minnesota
- The Women’s Center, University of Minnesota
- The Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota/ River Life Program
- The Puffin Foundation
- The Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs http:/hhh.umn.edu