Women and Water: A Relationship Both Obvious and Subtle

Improved access to water can transform the life of a woman. It could be through the extra time and subsequent opportunities that become available when women and girls no longer have to trek long, treacherous distances to collect water—a task that is often relegated exclusively to women and girls. Or it could be through the improved health of the woman and her family and the subsequent reductions in time spent caring for sick relatives—another role that women are more likely to play. Improved access could also improve her family’s livelihood, whether directly through cooking, agriculture, and keeping livestock, or indirectly through running a small business.