International Water Day 2012
March 22, 2012
A few weeks ago we celebrated International Women’s Day, but in Africa and around the world -- every day is women’s day when it comes to hauling water. Water is a constant in our daily lives. We need it to drink, cook, clean and for sanitation. Of all our human needs, water is perhaps the single most important. Women and girls are the “water haulers" of the world. UNICEF statistics show that on average, women and girls in developing countries walk 6 kilometers a day, carrying up to 20 liters of water, which greatly reducing the time they have for other productive work or for girls to attend school. Efforts to increase access to water have a “ripple effect” on a community and specifically on the well-being and future prospects of women and young girls.
Today, as we pause to honor of World Water Day, let us redouble our commitment to making sure that people across the globe, and particularly in developing nations have access to this most essential of human needs.
President & CEO