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.

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

Featured Stories


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.


For water services to be sustainable, local leadership is key. Without it, communities like Ntayba in Rulindo District, Rwanda wouldn’t be able to count on water that would flow for generations to come.


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.


For years, 36-year-old Delia Muriel Torrico would walk to a nearby spring early in the morning and fill jugs of drinking water while her animals drank from the same source or a ditch close by. So when the 63-family community of Uchuchi Kancha in the municipality of Tiraque Bolivia decided to construct a gravity-fed water system with household taps in 2013, she was eager to participate.


As mayor of the district of San Rafael del Norte in Nicaragua, Doña Norma commands respect. She and her family have a long and respected history in the district, so when Doña Norma speaks up, people listen.


Weave through the rolling green hills of Uganda’s countryside, past lines of banana trees, clusters of coffee plants, and a few cattle wandering alongside a narrow dirt path, and you’ll find Aisha Lubega at her local water point, turning water into progress for her entire community.


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.


Ten girls are keeping hundreds of girls in school in India.

Their bright blue vests signal their positions on the school Water and Sanitation Committee, but these girls are part of another important group – the Menstrual Hygiene Committee. Their aim is for the whole school to understand menstruation and menstrual hygiene management.


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.

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