A representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS KARACHI: We might talk about empowering women on social forums, but in the developing world, we still haven’t reached the point where we might feel accountable for not providing women access to the very basics of life. The scarcity of clean water is something that has often been addressed, but seldom does the debate take into consideration those who are most affected by it — the women. In any country, the scarcity of water leaves a disproportionate effect on the lives of women. It is women who take the primary burden of collecting water for their families — an arduous, time-consuming task. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation (WHO), women and girls are responsible for collecting water in eight out of 10 households that do not have water available on their premises. This task also has another impact on their lives — they become more likely to encounter harassment and even attacks while walking long miles to fetch water from shops or reservoirs. And it’s not just about who collects the water. Women need better sanitation and hygiene as they deal with menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding. Globally, around… Read full this story
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