Friday, March 14, 2008
The Right To Water And Women
The responsibility of women and girls in being the sole gatherers of water for their families is taking a great toll on them in Africa, South America, and India. Not much attention is paid to this, but it is an integral part of the socio-economic problems that keep them in poverty, uneducated, and feeling their hope dissipated.
In many parts of the world it is simply expected that women will do these kinds of tasks and in the case of water gathering, it is a task that presents health concerns and security concerns.
Therefore, it is integral to any convention on water rights to address the rights of women particularly to have the right to an education and not be chained to fetching water 6 hours a day, many times under dangerous conditions and in ways that impair their rights to an education and a healthy lifestyle.
The 21st Century needs to see a great change not only in water policy for the sake of all and our planet, but also for the sake of human rights and preserving them for all, and that means the women of our world.
No young girl should have to go without a proper education simply because she is menstruating and has no sanitation available to her in the school. No young girl should have to risk her health and life fetching water.
We have the technology to change the world. All we need is the will and for the women of the world to stand up for the right to water and to life.
And that is exactly what they are doing:
Water & Women
World Water Council/DHI's Women's Water Fund
Philanthropist Brings Hope, Safe Water To Women
Women joining together in a common cause have and can truly change the world.
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