Recognizing women in the water crisis.

Today is International Women’s Day. We’re taking a minute to celebrate some of the women of this past year — specifically, some amazing daughters, mothers and grandmothers we met in November 2011 while traveling in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.

Almost a billion people in the world live without clean water. We call that the water crisis. And while we know many of these are men, the water crisis takes a significant toll on women of the world. Women are twice as likely as men to collect water for their families each day. Many in Sub-Saharan Africa walk up to four hours each day to get water that’s likely to make them sick when they get it home to drink.

Today, we hope you join us in recognizing the women of this world who bear this burden, who get up early or stay out dangerously late, who haul forty pounds of water weight in a Jerry can strapped to their backs… who strive for and hope for their children’s health, who put their families first. We’re lucky enough to have met some when we travel to the field. Their stories continue to shock us, inspire us and keep us working to bring clean water to every person on the planet.

photos: Mo Scarpelli / charity: water
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Women we met in Baskura, Ethiopia, in November:

This video was made for the Rockstar Cavemen, the sponsors of this new freshwater well.

Stories of amazing women and girls in the past year:

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- Khadija from Bangladesh: Clean water and toilets brought her back to school.
- Mintamir from rural Ethiopia: She used to wish for clean water to wash each day like the city girls… her wish came true. “I am just like them now.”
- Poppy from Bangladesh: Not much is clean or accessible for the disabled in Pora Bosti slum… but Poppy’s new toilets are.
- Whitney from the U.S.: She ran coast-to-coast to raise funds and awareness for clean water.

Have more stories to share about amazing women? Leave us a comment with a link or a personal story. Happy Women’s Day!

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