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World Water Day: How far would you walk for water? by Kria Sakakeeny March 21,2019   |  Source: Oxfam

Like the air we breathe, water is essential in our lives. But for at least 2.1 billion people, clean water is still out of reach.

Did you know that disease from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kills more people each year than all forms of violence, including war? Did you know that one in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with students using unprotected sources or going thirsty?

What about the fact that women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises?

The truth is access to clean water is deeply linked to poverty. And that’s why the theme of this year’s World Water Day is ‘Leave no one behind,’—building off the central promise of Sustainable Development Goal 6 to ensure availability of water to all by 2030. According to the UN, the most marginalized people are often overlooked or face discrimination when trying to access water: women, children, refugees, indigenous people and people with disabilities.

At Oxfam, water is central to almost every aspect of our work—our humanitarian responses, our campaigns, and our long-term initiatives to help families improve their incomes, reduce their vulnerability to disasters, and defend their rights.

This World Water Day we

 

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