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A fonte que nunca seca (The source that never dries)

Jardim, Gabriel de Sena

Mention, 2017-2018 WATERLAT-GOBACIT Short-video Competition (

“The source that never dries: an analysis of women’s domestic work in contact with water” is the title of the author’s doctoral research. The study shows that although public policies oriented at community development appeal to women’s development, with a discourse that liberating women from the burdens of carrying water for long distances will free their time for leisure and studies, the reality in the ground is perverse and perpetuates the patriarchal colonialism ever present in our society. As the images and interviews show, women continue to work hard (also struggling to find time for the interviews owing to the many household tasks). The rainwater harvesting cisterns [provided by the government] added a new task, because during the dry season it is women who are charged with the cleaning of the “new social technologies”, as the cisterns are called. Thus, their time that was supposed to be liberated for other activities, it is now re-used for new domestic tasks, in agriculture, as well as in new community forums and meetings.

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