Women are changing the course of water in Africa!

The Global Women's Water Initiative is training and building a movement of local women water experts to address the issue that affects them the most: WATER.

The Global Women’s Water Initiative is training and building a movement of local women water experts to address the issue that affects them the most: WATER.

The GWWI Women and Water Academy is a training programs that equips grassroots women with the skills and tools to bring sustainable water solutions to tackle the health and violence risks, and lost income and educational opportunities associated with the lack of safe water and sanitation in their own communities. GWWI conducts a multi-year training programs to transform women from passive recipients of failed water projects to WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) providers. Women become TECHNICIANS, TRAINERS and SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS.

GWWI strengthens women’s leadership in the WASH sector – whether at the village, government or NGO level. Women are taking the lead bringing demand-driven income-generating services to solve their local water crises – improving community health, building simple technologies and making money.

Source: Global Women’s Water Initiative is a project of Earth Island Institute
Director: Gemma Bulos

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The Challenges:

. REDUCED PRODUCTIVITY – Women in sub-saharan Africa can spend up to 8 hours a day fetching water and doing water related chores

. LACK OF EDUCATION – 1 out of 10 girls drop out of school by the 8th grade when they start menstruating because there is no water or toilets at the school. Girls are 3x more likely to be malnutritioned which is usually caused by diahrrea from dirty water

.HEALTH RISKS – Over half the hospital beds in the world are occupied by people with water-related disease WHILE 3-5 million people die every year of water related disease

. FINANCIAL STRESS – women are the caretakers of the families. When they cannot work because they are fetching water or if a family member falls sick, they spend time and money providing health services and medicine

.PHYSICAL STRESS – a typical 5 gallons (20 liters) container of water, a typical jerican weighs 44 pounds that women and girls carry on their heads, shoulders and backs

.VIOLENCE – when fetching water far from home or school, or relieving themselves in the open when there are no toilets, women and girls are in danger of being violently attacked and even raped

The Opportunities:

RETURN ON INVESTMENT – For every $1 invested in water and sanitation there is a return of $3 – $34

ACCESS TO EDUCATION – With each year of primary school a girl's future wages increase by 10-20% and more educated females desire less children

IMPROVE HEALTH – If you cut the water fetching time by 15 minutes it can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by 41% and under 5 child mortality by 11%

FAMILY WELLNESS – Since women are the caretakers of the family and cook, clean, wash and provide drinking water, if they have access to safe water and practice good hygiene they can reduce the risk of water related disease for the whole family

ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES – Women tend to be more entrepreneurial because they have no access to the formal labor force. If they don't have to fetch water, they can participate in income generating activities. They are also more likely to pay back loans than men

SAFETY AND SECURITY – when women and girls have access to water and sanitation, there is a reduced risk of violence and sexual attacks, they don't have to walk over rough terrain and no longer have to carry nearly 50 pounds of water

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