Poverty, women and water
Around the world, women are coming together to address their own needs for water and sanitation. Their strength transforms communities.
They support one another, share responsibility.
These efforts make an impact, taking us one step closer to ending the global water crisis and women and their communities reap the benefits:
Increased girls’ school attendance, level of education and literacy rates, as they no longer need to miss school to secure water for their families and have adequate and separate sanitation facilities.
Improved health for women and girls.
Reduced child and maternal mortality as a result of access to safe water, sanitation facilities and improved hygiene during childbirth.
Increased dignity and reduced stress for girls and women particularly when symptoms associated with menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth can be managed discreetly.
Reduced physical injury from constant lifting and carrying heavy loads of water.
Reduced risk of rape, sexual assault, and increased safety as women and girls do not have to go to remote and dangerous places to defecate or to fetch water during the night.
Increased recognition of women as having skills and knowledge outside the scope of their traditional roles.
Strengthened voice for women in their families and communities to negotiate their own needs.
New opportunities for women’s employment as well as greater autonomy and independence.
Key questions for research
Are sanitation and water supplies adequate in your country?
How does the affect your potential to achiee the MDGs?
How can women's participation in community-led solutions be increased?