Women-girls

For most of us, the idea that water could keep us from going to school, doing our job, and providing for our families is a strange one — even impossible. But for millions of women and girls around the world, that scenario is a day-to-day reality.

Opportunities, choices, and bright futures don’t stand a chance against devastating and deadly illnesses, lost productivity, and childhoods cut short.

Girls in developing countries are at a disadvantage from the start — they are more likely to suffer health problems, more likely to miss school, and more likely to marry and bear children at an early age. Water For People is on a mission to end this inequality, and we know it starts with water.

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Women and girls bear the burden of collecting water around the world. We are working to give them their time back to seek opportunities and live better lives.
Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People

The Facts

  • Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water.
  • Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water.
  • Involving women can make water projects 6 to 7 times more effective.
  • Women and girls living without a toilet spend 266 million hours each day finding a place to go.

To learn more check out this website.

Water is a women's issue. Here's why.

Featured Stories

Rwanda

The water is starting to flow in Rulindo, Rwanda. And not a moment too soon. Anne Maria’s granddaughter, Josephine, is responsible for getting the daily water. Twice a day, she hikes down and back up the steep hillside to fetch water at the free spring in the valley.

India

Nestled away on the remote island of Kshetramohanpur, in the Sundarban Islands of West Bengal, India, the Kshetramohanpur High School is bringing safe water and sanitation to their 770 students.

Honduras

Standing at just over five feet tall, Luisa Barahona is a petite tour de force. As the President of El Negrito’s Water Board Association in Honduras, she is on a quest to make sure Everyone across the municipality has access to safe water Forever. Over the past six years we’ve watched Doña Luisa’s influence spread from her neighbors and friends to communities across the region.

India

Childhood is a time to play, to learn, to explore, and dream about our futures. But for millions of children around the world, especially girls, their youth is marred by something most of us would never think twice about: a shortage of safe drinking water, and clean, secure sanitation facilities.

India

Bhabani, Koyel, and Sumitra may range in height and age, but they share a common purpose: to participate in the Child Cabinet at Chemaguri Natun Free Primary school on an island in Sagar, India. The three girls are leaders in this student government-like group to help promote good hygiene habits among their fellow students and ensure that the water and sanitation systems at their school are clean and maintained.

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