One of India’s most sacred bodies of water, the 1,376km Yamuna River flows through the Himalayan foothills, passes through Delhi, and joins the Ganges. Though the river provides three-quarters of Delhi’s water needs and millions of devotees flock here to celebrate annual festivals, the river has been declared ecologically dead. Increased temperatures and toxic waste dumping have choked the incomes of fishermen and put the burden of financial provision on the shoulders of women, many of whom work as maidservants in the nearby suburbs of Noida.
Our Women in Climate Change small grants winner, Richa Singh, tackles how the environmental changes faced by the Yamuna River is impacting women’s daily lives, employment, and livelihood. This is the second of a two-part multimedia series.
About the journalist
Richa Singh is a Filmmaker and a Visual Anthropologist based out of Delhi, India. She has worked with India’s leading news agencies before and completed her masters in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her recent film ‘Stranded’ has been screened at MAVIS Film Screening in London and is due for screening at Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Richa has been actively working on women issues and hopes to do more research work on the impact of climate change on women.