Global challenges can impact each other in many ways. The situation for many women in the world, access to water and education are connected. On average, 125 million hours are spent collecting water by women and children every day.
The situation for many women in the world is directly connected to water and sanitation. In several countries, women are in fear of leaking their privacy, and then forced to wait until dark to relieve themselves. This can affect their health and safety. More than half of the world´s primary schools do not have proper sanitation, and here we see an important connection between education, water and the situation for women. In schools that lack sanitation and clean water, girls usually drop out when they reach puberty. This is a problem for their education. Toilets should be mandatory in a school.
Every hour spent fetching water is an hour less of school. The people who collect water are mostly girls and women. Many girls do not have time for their education, because they are occupied with fetching water. However, water is a human right. 80% of all diseases and deaths in the developing world can be connected to the lack of clean water. Ten-year-old Violet mentioned in the text, has to collect water every day for the family´s survival, not for her own education.
The text Thirst, written by Max Andrew Dubinsky makes the importance of water sound even more important. I liked how the author made me picture water as a role, for instance when Johnny told Carly that he loved her. “That’s just water talking.” Furthermore, the characters in the text try to forget about the water problem and live their life normally, but water is such a big part of their lives, and the issue can´t be unseen. How their showers were limited, how they dug ditches in their backyardsand how theywere begging God to give them rain, makes us understand the importance of water.
Thirst – text