In developing countries like South Sudan, women and girls handle most of the family’s water collection duties. As a result, they spend fewer hours in school classrooms and have lower levels of academic achievement than their male counterparts. Often, this results in fewer economic opportunities for women, and more limited opportunities for positions of leadership and decision-making.
Aqua-Africa considers the empowerment of women in the community to be an important part of its charitable mission. When the social status of women is elevated, we see that communities prosper. That is why we require Water Management Committees that oversee water point infrastructure maintenance to be comprised of at least 50% women.