Poverty reduction often goes hand in hand with improvements to sanitation and water supplies. For example, between 2006 and 2011 in Rwanda, 1 million people lifted themselves out of poverty. Widespread improvements to clean water and sanitation were part of the overall process of improving their lives and laying the foundations for a healthy society in that country (based on the contribution of Paul Kagame,President of the Republic of Rwanda, to the 2014 report Leading MDG Action). Women and girls are often most affected by poor sanitation and water, as explained in this post by Eleanor Gall.
2015 is sure to be a historic year for girls and women. Worldwide efforts are ensuring that they will be a focus of the next set of development goals, voices speaking out against FGM are growing louder, the Malala effect is continuing to spread, and child marriage is finally being given the global attention it deserves.
Amongst this positive momentum, it’s crucial that one area doesn’t get left behind – as it’s an issue that is already lagging in its progress. Halving the number of people worldwide who do not have access to safe water and sanitation is the least on track of all Millennium Development Goals – according to a UN report published last year – and 2.5 billion people worldwide still lack basic facilities.
The effect of this on females is colossal. In…
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