Gendering Social Sustainability: Barriers to Women’s Inclusion in Sustainable Solution Development

By Amy Lubitow and Jena Zarza.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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Current discourse related to sustainability has routinely focused on the specific goals, interventions or initiatives that would result in more just and sustainable environments. Much of this literature has, however, neglected to clarify how varied social contexts might impact efforts to promote sustainability. Drawing from the literature on social sustainability, environmental justice and environmental sustainability, this article discusses how sustainability practices regarding water management in the developing world have led to a range of gendered outcomes. In describing the unique challenges that women face in battling water scarcity in the Global South, we argue that a more nuanced understanding of women’s experiences can contribute to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions and can also contribute to a more robust theory of social sustainability.

Keywords: Gender, Social Sustainability, Water Management, Environmental Sustainability

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.73-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 376.405KB).

Amy Lubitow

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Portland State University, Portland, USA

Amy Lubitow is an environmental sociologist interested in the interaction of public policies and regulations, human health, and the environment. She is an assistant professor of sociology at Portland State University.

Jena Zarza

Master's Candidate, Sociology, Portland State University, USA