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Providing Access To Clean Water In Villages Can Reduce Burden On Women, Girls

Huffington Post: The Most Important Women’s Issue You’ve Never Heard of
Richard Stearns, president of World Vision

“…In developing countries, women and children — usually girls — spend 140 million hours each day fetching water, equivalent to a workforce of 25 million working eight hour days. That’s why I think World Water Day (this March 22) might as easily be called World Women’s Day. … While a whole community rejoices when a drilling rig hits clean water, it is the women who shout the loudest. Everyone benefits from the [well’s] clean water, which can end disease and lead to better health. But it is the women — their tired arms, sore legs, and worn out backs — who are most grateful. That heavy burden has been lifted” (3/22).

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