Women and water – the facts

Did you know that women and children around the world spend 125 million hours each day collecting water? This is time that could be spent working, going to school, caring for families, if only these women and children had better access to sustainable, reliable water. Below are some startling facts about women and water, and the difference that could be made by sustainable, reliable plumbing.

  • Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water;
  • Women and girls living without a toilet spend 266 million hours each day finding a place to go;
  • Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection; 
  • Women and girls often spend up to six hours each day collecting water; 
  • In Africa and Asia, women and children walk an average of 3,7 miles a day just to collect water; 
  • Reductions in time spent collecting water have been found to increase school attendance;
  • Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease; 
  • 160 million children suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition linked to water and sanitation; 
  • Globally, one out of three schools lack access to safe water and sanitation; 
  • Diarrhea is the third leading cause of child death, a majority of which are water-related;
  • Involving women can make water projects six to seven times more effective.
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