For Many Women, Improved Access to Water is About More than Having Something to Drink

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Children play near a well in Aksum, Ethiopia. (Photo: Bernard Pollack)

An article in this month’s water-themed National Geographic magazine highlights the significant impact that innovations to improve access to clean water will have on the lives of millions of women around the world. In the poorest and driest regions, the chore of fetching water often falls to women who can spend up to eight hours a day collecting it from sources that are often dirty and hard to find. Along with reducing illness brought on by poor hygiene and unclean water sources, improved access to water allows women to dedicate more time to other important activities like tending to crops, caring for livestock, cleaning, cooking, minding children, and even going to school. To read more about how better access to water improves lives, see: Access to Water Improves Quality of Life for Women and Children, Getting Water to Crops, and Slow and Steady Irrigation Wins the Race.

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