While the lack of access to clean water remains an invisible struggle, the impact on women and children is clear and devastating, underscoring the urgent need to prioritize solutions that Without safely managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, women and girls are more vulnerable to abuse, attack and ill-health, affecting their ability to study, work and live in dignity. Improvements to WASH at home, school, work and in public spaces support gender equity.
It is important to realize that access to clean water is not only a health and well-being issue, but also a justice and gender equality issue.
MEB wants to help municipalities and water service providers combat the effects of the lack of clean water and how it affects the lives of women and children by providing solutions that are designed to address these issues & conquer This invisible struggle. It is frightening to see how the lack of clean water continues to impact women and children. Millions of people around the world still do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Women and girls, who are often responsible for fetching water, are particularly affected.
The daily walk to the nearest water source can be dangerous and women and girls are often victims of sexual assault. In addition, they often spend many hours fetching water, which affects their ability to go to school or pursue a job. Children and infants are the most affected from the effects of water shortages, whether directly or indirectly.
“The reality of the global water crisis is that women and children are disproportionally affected by the lack of access to clean water.”
Women are often tasked with collecting water, which becomes a time-consuming and physically taxing duty when clean water sources are scarce and distant. Consequently, they may need to walk for hours, carrying heavy containers filled with water, which can have devastating long-term effects on their health, education, and well-being.
The burden of fetching water falls heavily upon children, particularly girls, who may need to skip school or miss education opportunities to collect water for their households, further perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Furthermore, lack of clean water, coupled with poor sanitation, leads to the rampant spread of diseases and illnesses that disproportionately affect children and women.
This means that the struggle for clean water must go beyond installing clean water sources. Addressing the issue requires a multifaceted approach that involves the education of communities, empowering women and girls to be involved in the decision-making process around water sources and improving infrastructure for sanitation and hygiene.
will lead towards sustainable development and improved health outcomes for communities around the world.
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