How far would you walk for water?
It takes water to grow food. Food production is the economic activity that depends most on climatic conditions. Although women farmers living in poor communities contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions, they are disproportionately affected by climate change. As temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change, women will have to spend more time fetching water to farm even as they produce less food. On average, women across Africa and Asia are walking 6 kilometers a day to fetch water.
Walking this distance each day means that women have less time to go to school, get training, get involved in their communities and participate in decision-making that affects their lives. If nothing is done, climate change will further marginalize rural women and exacerbate gender inequality.
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