Indian women fight for access to clean water

STORY: These Indian women are fighting for access to clean drinking water

Location: Karansar, India

Tired of having to spend hours fetching water

they began a crusade in 2018 to connect their households with piped water

(Suraj Prapat, Local village woman) "Men usually get ready and leave the house for their jobs and majority of the water-related problems are faced by the women. We have to wash clothes and utensils using water. So, all the women in the village came together and told the village council about the challenges we were facing and only then, our problems were resolved."

The women finally had taps in their homes in 2020

under the Jal Jeevan Mission in partnership with UNICEF

(Anjana Prapati, Local village woman) "We are very happy as we are drinking clean water with regular supply and we have gotten rid of several water-borne diseases. The biggest advantage is that we are now saving a lot of our time."

About 200,000 Indians die every year due to inadequate access to safe water

Source: National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog

More than 52% of India's households had access to tap water connections as of August 2022

Source: Federal government data

(Marije Broekhuijsen, UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene specialist)

"India faces a water crisis. This is due to the over-exploitation of groundwater, but also the climate crisis, but we also we see issues of water contamination. For example, fluoride and arsenic, and this can lead to serious diseases for children and the elderly, especially.’’ //

‘’Now, a lot of the women and children are responsible to collect the water. So, sometimes this means that girls have to be pulled out of school and they will not have a good opportunity to make a living for herself when she's grown up."