The tenth international meeting of the Waterlat-Gobacit Network took place in October 2019 and was attended by several of our Colombian colleagues. The thematic focus of the meeting was "struggles over water: intersections of class, gender, and ethnicity."
Qualitative and structural inequalities constitute one of the major obstacles to the advance of democratisation processes, particularly class, gender, and ethnic inequalities. The unequal and unjust politics and management of water is a result of a diverse range of inequalities including undemocratic, authoritarian forms of government; asymmetric impacts of disasters (both man-made and climate related); and the marginalisation/criminalisation of heterogeneous voices that defend the right to water and life.
The Waterlat-Gobacit X Reunión bought together these voices - indigenous communities, social movements, and academic communities - to promote non-mercantile, community based, and ecologically sustainable solutions to water security.
You can read the full Declaration of the Network and our colleagues report below.