chapter  6
13 Pages

Science and Technology: Friends or Enemies of Women?

Two powerful newspaper images: in one, women in Bangladesh pray fervently with hands clasped that the river which has already destroyed their homes will not wreak more damage, in the second, a child vainly tries to suck water from an empty pipe in Dhaka, a city of 7 000 000 people which gets only half the 60 million litres of water required daily. The same country, the same time, two opposite problems associated with water. And it is women in their role as homemakers who bear the main burden of reconstructing homes washed away by floods, just as they are burdened with the responsibility for walking miles or spending hours fetching water sufficient for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing.