Many Muslim women are not permitted to be home alone with a male who is not a family member, making it tough to schedule home repairs. Now, in Jordan, billions of gallons of already-scarce water is being lost to leaky pipes. In an effort to take matters into their own hands, many Muslim Jordanian women are learning to do their own plumbing.
To Save Water, Women in Jordan Learn to Plumb
Published: April 30, 2019
Dama Shdefat: Here in Jordan, we get water once a week, so we use and store as much as we can in one day.
Onscreen: But there’s a novel way women are tackling Jordan’s water shortage. They’re learning a new trade, plumbing.
Shdefat: When I told my family about the training, they laughed because they thought I was joking.
Onscreen: Many Muslim women are not permitted to be home alone with a male who is not a family member. This delays repairs, and billions of gallons of water are lost through leaky pipes.
Shdefat: If we women learn this job, we will be better at it than men, because we are always learning better than men.
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Edited by: Jedd Ehrmann
Produced by: Avner Tavori
Directed by: Terri Randall
Digital Producer: Ron Auer
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