Even though South America has 26% of the world's water resources, over 45 million people lack access to safe water (UNICEF, 2017). In Paraguay, the abrupt alternation of droughts and floods has negative impacts on water quality. Climate crisis and plunder economies have made a huge impact on the troublesome issue of water availability for human consumption. Water, climate, and COVID-19 crises share the same root: a deeply unjust economic system based on the dominant plundering in the region.
Responses to climate change will be effective only if they are tailored to local realities and support the leadership, ambitions, and needs of women. The actions led by the communities and movements are successful when it comes to challenge and dismantle systems of inequality. In order to achieve this, women's organizations need financial support to defend their access and management of safe water, lands, and food sovereignty, from sustainable development and gender perspective. #WeAreWater
Fondo de Mujeres del Sur (FMS) is contributing to building societies where women, girls, and LBTIQ+ people enjoy full exercise of their human rights, are empowered to defend and advocate for them, and have access to equal opportunities to develop their abilities and wellbeing. By strengthening women defenders of a natural, healthy environment, we are defending a life free from violence. This is made possible through financial, technical, and political support.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).