Q+A: Providing water for families so girls can get to school

Magda Mis – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Tuesday, 05 November 2013 (originally published 1 Nov)

Girl pumping water
A girl fills her pot at a drinking water point at a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad October 23, 2013. Image: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – What is the link between a bucket of water and education?

In many communities around the world, it’s up to women and girls to provide water for their homes but when a girl has to walk for miles to fetch water, she doesn’t have time to go to school or study.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova spoke to Thomson Reuters Foundation about the impact access to fresh water and sanitation has on girls’ education and the importance of educating and empowering women . . .

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