6k Walk for Water

April 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Date: 04/27/2011 Location: Washington, DC Description: Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Otero lifts a 55 pound, 6 gallon jerry can of water. Women in the developing world usually carry two of these on their 6K walk for water! © State Dept Image/Inna PletukhinaYesterday, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero kicked off the first State Department “Walk for Water.”

“Why six kilometers? Because this is the typical distance that a woman in the developing world walks every day to collect water. Many walk further.

“While nearly a billion people worldwide live without access to clean water, the crisis disproportionately affects women and girls. … The effects of this crisis reach far beyond the physical hardship of collecting water. It keeps girls out of school and women from other, more productive economic activities.”

Read Under Sec. Otero’s blog post about the Walk: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/walk_for_water

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