World Water Day: Clean Water Empowers Women, Children
The We need clean water
The global water crisis is in all sense of the word, a crisis. It is also not as straight forward as a supply and demand issue – it’s an issue related to women’s and children’s rights, global and sustainable development and preventable deaths.
Water cooperation is a foundation for peace and sustainable development, and clean water is key to poverty eradication, social equity and gender equality. What will you do today to raise awareness about the importance of access to clean water for all?
The Facts (from WaterAid.org)
- Around 2,000 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
- 783 million people in the world live without safe water, roughly one in ten of the world’s population.
- 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39 percent of the world’s population.
- More than two billion people have gained access to improved drinking water since 1990.
- 37 precent of the world’s population still lack access to sanitation and by 2015 that will be 33 percent. Sub-Saharan Africa on current trends is not likely to have universal access to sanitation for another 350 years (2360).
A fantastic article was published on the Huffington Post today.
How you can help
We have created a small list of effective organizations working to empower communities with access to clean drinking water. We encourage you to check them out: