The active participation of women from the neighborhood, along with the legal help of CDHA, led to the recognition that access to clean water is a human right
With the legal help of the Human and Environmental Rights Center (CDHA), women from the community of Chacras de la Merced engaged in a four-year legal struggle for access to clean water. People from the neighborhood were consuming water from wells that contained fecal remains. Throughout the process, women mobilized community members, organized meetings with journalists, teachers, and government officials, and developed local workshops and discussions to inform community members about the water-related diseases affecting people in the neighborhood. Women’s public actions led to the recognition of access to clean water as a human right and to the building of infrastructure for permanent potable water in the area as well as to the extension of a local water filter plant. Today, women from Chacras de la Merced constitute the main agents of local change.