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Women and young girls centered water programs are imperative

July 2, 2013


Last year I mentioned about the world’s costliest water in one of my previous blog posts. The issues of gender and water keep coming to fore every now and then in most online articles that I read.

Having observed the burnt being born by women and young girls in developing countries for a very long time, I understand how imperative it is to keep them at the center of all water crisis solutions.

Recently, I came across this very interesting info-graph from water. org. I would urge you all to go ahead and take a close look at this one. The article also goes on to state that

Glass ceilings aside, millions of women are prohibited from accomplishing little more than survival. Not because of a lack of ambition, or ability, but because of a lack of safe water and adequate sanitation. Millions of women and children in the developing world spend untold hours daily, collecting water from distant, often polluted sources, then return to their villages carrying their filled 40 pound jerry cans on their backs.

I won’t go in to the details and statistics as they are adequately elaborated in the info-graph.

One point this info-graph certainly proves is how this is world’s costliest water. Countless hours being spent in bringing water from point sources to their homes everyday by women. More than 2 billion people are without safe drinking water across the world. These are only a few of the startling facts facing us today in terms of water crisis.

I also watched a very interesting TEDX talk yesterday on how we can solve the global water crisis.

I have heard some people argue that if they take shorter showers in the US (or any developed country), it doesn’t help a woman in say Africa or Asia to get water easily to her home. For all of them, I would like to share another advert-graph that a luxury bath accessories company has recently made public.

Unless we do not realize and acknowledge the value that women and young girls add to an economy, it shall be a challenge to address the water crisis issue in the longer run.

To be continued.


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