|Across the world, Women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of, or poor access to water and sanitation services. This affects their health with higher risks of infections and death; it also impacts their safety, dignity, and reduces their right to educational and economic opportunities.
In many African countries, girls spend time collecting water for the family and thereby miss classes or are unable to attend school. Worldwide, girls and women spend an average 200 million hours every day collecting water, according to UNICEF. Lack of inadequate sanitation also makes it difficult for girls to attend school during their menstruations, thereby affecting their right to education