Women suffer water scarcity more than others

While water poverty comes at the cost of the world, women face the most loss and hardship.

It is estimated that 230 million1, most of whom are women and girls, have to travel more than an hour just to collect water to bring back home. Apart from the physical strain, this puts them at risk of attack and even rape.

Women suffer water scarcity more than others

The true impact is far greater:

The time spent ferrying water back and forth equates to 8.3 million days.1
Women are forced into the role of water bearers, and cannot participate in their societies on equal terms.3
Almost 11% of maternal deaths are linked to lack of access to clean water.2
This exacerbates already prevailing gender equality issues.3
Sources:
  1. The United Nations world water development report 2021: valuing water

  2. The United Nations world water development report 2021: valuing water; facts and figures

  3. Summary Progress Update 2021: SDG 6 — water and sanitation for all

We are committed to achieving Target 6.1 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6.1) – our mission to end water poverty by 2030.

We are committed to achieving Target 6.1 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6.1) – our mission to end water poverty by 2030.

It is about more than just providing access to clean and well-managed drinking water to solve a global water crisis. It is also essential to alleviate the plight of women and girls in vulnerable areas and empower them to live better lives.

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