This year, WaterAid was #GirlStrong for #WorldWaterDay for the women and girls who spend 40 billion hours collecting water every, single year. Girl Strong highlights a renewed commitment to the incredible strength women and girls all over the world are forced to exhibit on a daily basis.
Girl Strong isn’t just a catchy slogan or convenient hashtag. It is an integrated campaign that seeks to ensure that every woman and girl has access to clean water, a safe toilet and proper hygiene services, through awareness raising with the public and advocacy across the country. Girl Strong is a call to action to promote sustainable solutions and help women and girls unlock their potential by ensuring they have these basic human rights.
For World Water Day, WaterAid released its annual “State of the World’s Toilets” report, Wild Water, and featured women and girls whose lives have been dramatically affected by climate change. Srey worries so much about her children getting sick from walking through deep flood waters in rural Cambodia, that she has a neighbor watch them while she completes the 30-minute trek to get water from the one of only two wells in her community – a trek she takes up to six times a day. The persistent drought in Julietta’s community in Mozambique means it is nearly impossible to farm crops and make a living to feed her four children.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of access to water and sanitation, and now is the time to ensure that we are working towards helping them recapture those 40 billion hours spent, risks of sexual assault while looking for a water or a loo, missed education just because they’re menstruating, and preventable infections caused by giving birth in places without WASH. We encourage everybody to join us and be #GirlStrong in support of these amazing women and girls.