Regional gender and water expert Rennie Munyayi said the United Nations recently produced statistics that showed that women were spending 40 billion hours per year looking for water, which is equivalent to a year worth of labour for the entire labour force of France.
“This affects women in terms of time lost in human development and participating in economic development activities because women spend up to four hours queuing for water. The UN General Assembly also recommends rights to clean, safe, potable water. It speaks to that an individual should get 50 to 100 litres per day and also looks at issues of safety.“We need to ensure that as we provide water, there is need to be sensitive to the gender cycle requirements. Water can transform and empower women. We need to ensure women and girls have access to water for productive purposes. Water is not for drinking and bathing only. We know that when a woman is menstruating, the demand for water is higher because there are implications for a menstruating woman that does not have sufficient water,” Munyayi said.
Participants during the discussion stressed the need for provision of sanitisers at boreholes to prevent contraction COVID-19.
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