For World Water Day 2024

The role of women in water management and peace-building is crucial and cannot be overstated. Empowering women to be productive is not only a privilege but also a blessing that we must wholeheartedly embrace.

Water, as an essential resource, sustains life and supports daily hygiene. It plays a vital role in activities such as drinking, cooking, bathing, and agriculture. However, in Nigeria, over 86% of the population lacks access to clean water.

Global statistics from UNICEF reveal that women and girls worldwide dedicate an astounding 200 million hours daily to water collection. They often navigate long distances, facing time-intensive and arduous journeys. Unfortunately, this endeavor also exposes them to the risk of assault.

Moreover, women encounter insecurity during these trips. Some are subjected to violence, including domestic abuse from husbands frustrated by delayed meals due to water-fetching duties.

Let’s consider Hauwa, a woman in her thirties residing in a secluded village in Northern Nigeria. She shares her experience of traversing 24 kilometers each day to procure clean water. This daily journey poses a significant challenge, consuming precious time that could otherwise be utilized for meal preparation and ensuring her children are ready for school. As a result, tensions often arise between Hauwa and her husband due to this demanding task. Direct access to water would alleviate this stress and potentially prevent conflicts within their household.

Recognizing and addressing these challenges is imperative to ensure the well-being and empowerment of women in water management and peace-building efforts.

Water, when scarce or polluted, can either create peace or spark conflict. Unequal or no access to water is a critical issue, and access to drinking water is a fundamental human right. Let us work together to make this right a reality for all. ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ง๐ŸŒ


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