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Women needed as 'agents of change' to tackle global water scarcity

By: Julia KIM

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.

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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.

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