Water is the foundation of all sustainable development. It impacts every aspect of life: hygiene and sanitation, mental and social well-being, justice issues for women and children, education, the economy, and the environment.
Yet 703 million people lack basic access to water, trapped in a cycle of poverty when their most essential human need is inaccessible.
The global water crisis impacts all people, but none more so than women and young girls who bear the heaviest weight of its effects. The average distance that women in Africa and South Asia walk to collect water is 3.7 miles. During this long walk, girls are more vulnerable to being physically attacked or sexually assaulted. Young girls are less likely to continue their education when they lack the safe sanitation infrastructure to practice proper menstrual hygiene management. When women are empowered through safe water, they have more time and equal opportunity to rise to their fullest potential.