Today, women and girls around the world will spend a collective 200 million hours not at school, not at work, and not at home. They will spend it on foot, in pursuit of water. Their health and safety are at risk with each journey, which is why the water crisis is a women’s crisis.
From rural Africa to urban South American cities, millions of women around the world are responsible for finding the water their families need to survive. In every way, the burden of the water crisis weighs heavy on their shoulders every day. So heavy, it hinders their pursuits of education or earning an income.