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Improved access to water scores benefits for women

MARGARET CHISANGA, Lusaka
IMPROVED Access to clean and safe water empowers women through creation of extra time for them to participate in income generating and entrepreneurship activities.
This is among a number of other insights derived from a 2018 ‘Ripple Effect Study’ undertaken by the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) and Ipsos. The other insights include improved safety and security, income, leadership skills, time savings, education, nutrition, health and shifting roles and norms.
“Qualitative and empirical evidence shows that access to clean water can improve agricultural and pastoral yields, ensuring that women and girls are not forced to forgo meals so others in the household can eat,” the report reads.
The report also indicates that healthwise, over 88 percent of women said their household was healthier since using the improved water source while in terms of safety and security, 32 percent of women reported a decrease in community harassment of women.
WADA partnered with the global research experts at Ipsos to advance the understanding of the intersection between water access and women empowerment. The research informed a framework for capturing the many ways improved access to water can impact women, their families and communities.
Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals.
WADA partners with communities and their governments to address challenges and harness opportunities connected to water.
“For the study, WADA’s enterprise-driven approach brought together Coca-cola’s business capabilities with USAID’s premier development expertise to create unique solutions that develop thriving communities, grow stable economies, and strengthen resilient environment around the world,” the report reads.
In terms of time saved, over 47 percent of women said they were able to devote time to income generating activities and entrepreneurship, or participate in community groups.

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