Water is a necessity for life. And it's a human right. But just as water can enable life, it can endanger it, too — especially for women and girls. Today, girls across the world suffer a Water Burden, compared to men and boys. Girls’ education suffers, not just due to time spent fetching water but also due to a lack of water and sanitation in schools, which causes absenteeism. Their future prospects suffer. Their health suffers disproportionately — especially during crises. Their lives are put at risk.
Water is a problem. It’s also the answer. The solutions to help girls and women overcome the Water Burden are known, simple and effective. UNICEF’s programs around the world provide accessible, safe water sources, allowing girls to live healthier, more productive and more successful lives.
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