Access to safe water at home empowered Grace with the health and strength she needed to carry her baby to term in Ethiopia.Read her story
For women, the water crisis is personal. They are responsible for finding a resource their families need to survive - for drinking, cooking, sanitation and hygiene. They may stand in line and wait for water, they may walk long distances to collect water, or they may pay exorbitant amounts of money to secure water. In their efforts to get water for their families, they often face an impossible choice - certain death without water or possible death due to illness from dirty water.
Today, women around the world will spend a collective 200 million hours collecting water. In addition to time spent collecting water, millions may also spend significant amounts of time finding a place to go. This makes up an additional 266 million hours of time each day lost because they have no toilet at home.
Water collection and finding a safe place to go are major activities of the day for millions of women. They are left with little to no time for work, school or to care for family. Without water or toilets at home, women cannot live up to their full potential.
Access to safe water is critical to the health of women and their babies during pregnancy and after. Walking to collect water and carrying heavy vessels of water can be dangerous for a pregnant woman. Further, the consumption of unsafe water can be harmful to the health of both mom and her baby. From maintaining a healthy pregnancy to nourishing a newborn child, women need safe water at home.
Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection.
When women are empowered with safe water and toilets at home they are empowered to change their world. No longer burdened by the water crisis, they can care for their families. They can start small businesses, adding to their household income. They have the time and water to garden and cook food for their families. And, they no longer face unsafe situations when defecating in the open or walking to distant sources for water.
Access to safe water at home gives women hope, health and opportunity.
They are responsible for finding a resource their families need to survive. These women are inspiring. Their strength transforms communities. Their efforts allow their children to stay in school, to learn and to dream. At Water.org, we are bringing women together, helping them get access to safe water.
Join us and empower more women to help their families and communities, because they are not trying to change the world, but they will.
Narrated by Jodie Foster, see how the water crisis is a women's crisis.
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