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Women and Girls


the time women and children around the world spend every day collecting water¹


The task of collecting water around the world falls heavily on women and girls. As the ones often responsible for collecting water, this task can take them away from work and school.

When they have water, though, all that changes. They have time to work, study, and spend time with their families.


the time Women and girls around the world spend every day looking for a place to go to the bathroom²

A good toilet improves health and safety

Without a household toilet, it can be dangerous for women and girls to find a place to go outside – especially at night. In India, women without a toilet in their home are twice as likely to face sexual violence than those who do have household sanitary facilities.³

When households don't have a decent toilet, people practice open defecation. This can contaminate water sources and cause cholera and other waterborne diseases, leading to illness and death.

Water For People promotes education about, and construction of, affordable toilets for families.


of girls drop out when they start menstruating because they can't afford pads⁴


women and girls globally lack adequate facilities for menstrual hygiene management⁵


Around the world, taboos and stigmas around menstruation lead to a culture of silence and limited education around menstrual hygiene.

Girls often drop out of school when they get their periods, so we make sure schools have the menstrual hygiene resources necessary to ensure girls can continue their education. These resources include things like education, private changing rooms, pads, and incinerators to dispose of used hygiene products. The result is girls are empowered to stay in school.


water is a women's issue: TEDX TALK by CEO ELEANOR ALLEN

Every year, 500,000 children die from drinking contaminated water.⁶ Until everyone has access to safe and reliable drinking water, the death toll will continue to rise. But is the global water crisis bigger than public health? Join Eleanor Allen in uncovering the reasons why access to water is a women’s issue.

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¹ Joint Monitoring Programme of WHO and UNICEF
² Joint Monitoring Programme of WHO and UNICEF
³ Jadhav, A., Weitzman, A. & Smith-Greenaway, E. Household sanitation facilities and women’s risk of non-partner sexual violence in India. BMC Public Health 16, 1139 (2016). BMC Public Health.
World Bank
⁵  Chen, G., & Kiefer, T. (2018, May 25). Menstrual hygiene management enables women and girls to reach their full potential.
World Health Organization