The Forgotten Glass Ceiling
Amid the thousands of hurdles to overcome the water crisis, there is an overlooked burden that the lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation places on women. In developing countries, it is primarily the jobs of the women in the communities to fetch water.
The economic, physical and health burden that women and girls must endure everyday of their lives to provide water for their families and communities - this is the forgotten glass ceiling.
"Throughout the developing world girls often drop out of school when they reach puberty because they don't have a separate place to go to the toilet. UNICEF's efforts in Malawi allowed Eveless to go back to school again when they installed a water borehole and separate toilets for girls and boys. Two years before she had dropped out of school and feared she would never realize her dream to become a nurse. In Guatemala, Water For People and the Global Water Challenge are helping to provide Magdalena's school with safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education. In Cambodia RDIC works with teachers who act as sales people and marketers to sell ceramic water filters, which have reduced diarrheal disease amongst users by 46%."