Women needed as 'agents of change' to tackle global water scarcity
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Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, president of the Women for Water Partnership, believes gender-responsive solutions are needed when it comes to the problems of water scarcity and sanitation. According to the UN, women and girls spend 200 million hours a day worldwide collecting water and "those 200 million hours, you cannot spend on education, on economic development, on jobs", our guest explains.
Women, being far more dependent on water, require solutions tailored to their needs, but the male-dominated water industry is often a hindrance rather than a help, Verhoef-Cohen says.