International Women's Day is a global celebration that recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also elevates a call to action to accelerate gender equality. This year, in recognition of International Women’s Day, NEUMA is looking beyond our own borders to see how we can help make a difference in women’s lives by partnering with Water.org.
It is hard to believe that millions of women around the world lack access to basic resources like safe water and sanitation at home – things we take for granted every day. Affordable, sustainable access to safe water is critical to women’s empowerment. When women have access to safe water at home, they can turn poverty into possibility and change their family’s world.
Did You Know?
- 771 million people — 1 in 10 — lack access to safe water.
- 1.7 billion people — 1 in 4 — lack access to a toilet.
- Every two minutes, a child dies from a water and sanitation-related disease.
- Nearly 1 million people die from water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases each year.
- Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection.
- Women and girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting water. This is time spent not working, caring for family members, or attending school.
- Women and girls living without a toilet spend 266 million hours every day finding a place to go.
Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives worldwide with access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 30 years, they’ve been providing families with hope, health and bright futures.
Women and Water
From rural Africa to urban South American cities, millions of women around the world shoulder the primary responsibility for finding the water their families need to survive. In every way, the burden of the water crisis weighs heavy every day. So heavy, it hinders their pursuits of education or earning an income. Today, women and girls around the world will spend a collective 200 million hours not at school, not at work, and not at home. They will spend it on foot, in pursuit of water. Their health and safety are at risk with each journey, which is why the water crisis is largely a women’s crisis. Water.org exists to solve it for women, their families, and the world.
Empowered with access to safe water at home, women have the time and health to exercise choice over the activities of their lives such as work, education, and domestic priorities. There is strong evidence that indicates improved access to safe water and sanitation has empowering effects on women and girls in many aspects of their lives:
Health – Because women and girls are responsible for collecting water for their families and have a greater need for sanitation facilities, they experience improved health and hygiene, and less physical hardship when they have access to water and sanitation at home.
Safety and security – Women and girls are particularly at risk of harassment and physical violence when they have no choice but to leave their homes all hours of the day and night to find water or a place to go. They experience reduced gender-based violence when they have safe water and private toilets at home.
Time and income – Access to safe water and sanitation at home mean less time spent walking to collect water or finding a place to go. There is evidence this time savings leads to more time spent on income-generating activities, which can broaden their choices and increase their household income and decision-making power.
Education – Children, mostly girls, miss a collective 443 million school days each year because they are sick from water-related illnesses or because they must spend the time collecting water for their families. Access to safe water at home changes this.
Community engagement – With access to safe water at home and improved health and safety, women can participate in their communities and experience leadership opportunities.
NEUMA in Action
As part of our brand ethos, NEUMA is committed to making a difference. One way we do this is by partnering with organizations dedicated to enacting change. As part of our spring campaign, we partnered with Water.org to raise awareness and over $1K in funds for their incredible cause, empowering 200 people with access to clean water. We will continue our awareness campaign and fundraising efforts through the spring by offering 20% of the proceeds from our e-commerce sales of its neuMoisture system from March 22, 2022 – April 22, 2022.
How You Can Help
Every donation helps! You can donate directly to help empower women and families living in poverty with lasting access to clean water. Together we are making a difference.