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Women and Water for Development Programme (WWDP) Africa

Women and Water for Development Programme (WWDP) Africa

Concept Note

Theme: Water and Sanitation for Women in Africa: The Role of Parliamentarians..

How can Parliamentarians Contribute?

Today almost half of the world’s women still have no adequate water and sanitation at home or within their communities. Shortage, indignity, sickness, drudgery, deprivation- this is their water world. Women suffer the most from these deficiencies. Working for and with women, Parliamentarians can engage everyday to change this. Delivering water and sanitation reliably changes a woman’s world.

Providing women access to vital water and sanitation

People need water everyday. Without affordable and reliable water supply and effective sanitation, basic human rights are infringes. More than 1.6 million children under the age of 5 die every year simply because the water they drink is not safe. 1.2 billion People worldwide (300million) in Africa have no access to clean and safe drinking water supply. That is one person in 6 worldwide. Even more than this -2.6 billion people (313 million in Africa) –do not have proper sanitation. Who does this mainly affect? Women and children. Women are the first to suffer from unsafe water and lack of toilets and sewers. The Women and Water for Development Programme (WWDP) Africa aim at improving access to water and improving sanitation conditions that would benefit women across Africa.

As decision makers within the community/grassroots level, Parliamentarians could become leaders to help deliver clean and safe water and adequate sanitation for women across Africa.

The project would therefore look at the following areas:

• What is the Impact on Women and Girls
• Women play a major role in managing water
• How Parliamentarians can change women’s lives.
• Decreasing infant mortality
• Connecting poor people to water networks
• Sanitation improves women’s lives
• Capacity building for women and water.
• The way forward.

Prepared by;

Ms Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie
Geologist/Gender Ambassador
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Women International Coalition Organization (WICO) International
Topical Curator
Global Water Sustainability Forum (GWSF), password: voices.

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