Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."
- Kofi Annan
Then imagine the state of the water, filthy, dirty with flies buzzing around and animals drinking at the same source. But you have no other choice. In many countries it would take you over six hours every day to collect enough water for your family. Having returned from this grueling journey you could start the rest of your day. This is the daily reality of life for many women and and young girls in developing countries.
In Africa, the responsibility of collecting water again falls to women. For example, women often walk ten miles or more every day just to fetch water. Moreover, such a responsibility to fetch water limits their access to both educational and business opportunities. he tragedy is that, having spent so much time and effort in reaching a source of water, the water itself is often dirty, polluted and a health hazard. In fact, unclean water causes illnesses such as diarrhea and dysentery, which account for the deaths of thousands of women and children in Africa and worldwide.
Please take action today in support for gender equality by breaking down gender roles. With your support we can be able to provide sustainable and localized water supplies to all communities in Africa.