Women and Water+

Women and Water+

Women and girls are the center of our water+ work. Women and girls experience improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene differently than men and boys.

Moving water sources closer (or in) to homes may increase the time girls have to attend school. WASH facilities in schools may increase attendance or the “pull” of girls to schools, specifically once they have begun menstruation. Improving water source quality and increasing water or sanitation access may change the way a mother can care for herself, care for her baby, and care for her family. Improvements in WASH may also affect the ways in which she can spend her free time, with less illness in the family, more water for growing crops (vegetables and fruits for household consumption or crops for sale), or more time for other income-generating activities.

While women and girls may benefit from essential WASH improvements, CARE is also aware of how WASH interventions can have unintended consequences on communities and on women and girls in particular. Water+ programs find creative ways to involve females in the design and rollout of interventions, while also including males as well as community and traditional leaders. CARE believes that WASH programs should integrate, collaborate, or at the very least communicate with other development projects to ensure impacts on the community are holistic and positive. 


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