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Inequalities in WASH The Role of Women and Girls in the Global Water Crisis

Inequalities in WASH The Role of Women and Girls in the Global Water Crisis

Gender Inequalities in WASH

Inequalities in WASH in the global water crisis is a vital topic that resonates with the essence of what we do as plumbers.

This conversation is about the intersection of gender and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) around the globe. As plumbers, we should be 100% committed to making this crucial issue as accessible as possible for all.

Unveiling the Stark Reality: The Intersection of Gender and WASH

A recent report, “Progress on household drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) 2000-2022: Special focus on gender” by UNICEF and WHO, provides the first in-depth analysis of gender inequalities in WASH. It sheds light on the disparities and reveals a startling reality: women and girls bear the brunt of the responsibility for water collection worldwide, often at the expense of their safety, education, and leisure time.

Cecilia Sharp, UNICEF Director of WASH and CEED, poignantly articulates the effect of these conditions: “Every step a girl takes to collect water is a step away from learning, play, and safety.” She highlights that the lack of adequate WASH facilities affects girls’ potential, compromises their well-being, and perpetuates poverty cycles.

The Numbers Speak: Gender Disparities in WASH

Statistically, 1.8 billion people globally live without on-premises water supplies. In such circumstances, women and girls over 15 shoulder the task in 70% of households, contrasted with 30% where men and boys are responsible.

Additionally, girls under 15 are almost twice as likely as boys to be assigned this duty.

The consequences are grave: women and girls often undertake lengthy treks to collect water, risking physical injury and foregoing opportunities for education, work, and leisure.

Shared Sanitation Facilities: A Threat to Women’s Privacy and Safety

Over half a billion people share sanitation facilities with other households, infringing on women’s and girls’ privacy and safety.

These shared facilities often make women and girls feel unsafe when walking alone at night and face potential threats of sexual harassment and other safety risks.

Health Risks and Lack of Private Hygiene Facilities

The report also highlights increased health risks for women and girls due to inadequate WASH services. These services’ inadequacies limit their ability to safely and privately manage their periods.

In a study across 51 countries, the poorest women and adolescent girls, along with those with disabilities, are most likely to lack a private place to wash and change.

Hygiene Access and its Effects on Education and Employment

Inadequate hygiene access also disproportionately affects women and girls.

In many countries, they shoulder the majority of domestic chores and caring responsibilities, exposing them to disease risks and hindering their chances of completing secondary education and securing employment due to the extra time spent on these duties.

Signs of Progress and the Road Ahead

Despite the grim statistics, there is some hope. Progress is visible: between 2015 and 2022, household access to safely managed drinking water rose from 69 to 73%; safely managed sanitation from 49 to 57%; and basic hygiene services from 67 to 75%.

However, the pace of progress needs to accelerate significantly to reach the Sustainable Development Goal target for universal access to safely managed drinking water, sanitation, and essential hygiene services by 2030.

The Way Forward: Integrating Gender Considerations in WASH Programmes

It’s clear that there is a need to factor in gender considerations in WASH programmes and policies and the need for data collection and analysis, all aimed at targeted interventions that address the specific needs of women and girls and other vulnerable groups.

Gender Inequalities in WASH Cannot Be Overlooked

In conclusion, the role of women and girls in addressing the global water crisis is essential and cannot be overlooked.

By highlighting these issues and understanding the gender dynamics in WASH, we can make strides towards ensuring universal access to water and sanitation and achieving gender equality and empowerment.

It’s a responsibility that all of us, including us here at Whywait Plumbing, are keen to uphold.

Plumbing protects your health day in day out

Plumbing protects your health day in day out

World Plumbing Day is celebrated worldwide every year on 11 March

World Plumbing Day is an initiative by the World Plumbing Council created in 2009. The first-ever World Plumbing Day was held in 2010 on March 11.

World Plumbing Day is celebrated around the world every year on March 11. The day aims to spread awareness of the importance of plumbing and plumbers in protecting public health and improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

The World Plumbing Council’s hoped to create a day in World Plumbing Day where worldwide the community could reflect on the vital role plumbing has played and continues to play in:

  • Protecting public health

  • Share knowledge and collaboration

  • Improve the quality and access to fresh potable water

  • Improve the quality and access to safe sanitation


Plumbing saves lives by improving the world we all live in

Even though we all use our plumbing infrastructure daily, no matter where we are, it is invariably taken for granted as it’s just part of everyday life. World Plumbing Day is the day you need to realise that life without plumbing would be unimaginable.

From the moment we rise from bed in the morning, we are use plumbing. Using the toilet, taking a shower, drinking a coffee, drinking a glass of water, washing our clothes and watering our gardens. All of these tasks are only possible thanks to trained and qualified plumbers.

There are still millions of people worldwide who lack access to basic plumbing amenities. Life without basic plumbing leads to lowered living standards and severe health consequences.

Adequate, functional and effective plumbing is also essential to helping the environment. With increased water shortages and droughts worldwide, sustainable and energy-efficient plumbing are paramount to helping the planet.

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Plumbing advancements help the environment

Plumbing improves the world

World Plumbing Day is a call to action for people across the industry to show pride in what they do and the part they play in protecting the community’s health.

The key aim is to promote the link between good plumbing with sanitation and human and environmental health.