Afghanistan is a country that has been ravaged by war and conflict for decades, leaving its people in a state of poverty and suffering. One of the major challenges faced by the people of Afghanistan is access to clean water. According to UNICEF, only 27% of the population has access to clean water, and this figure drops to just 13% in rural areas. Women play a critical role in addressing this challenge and ensuring that clean water is available to their families and communities.
Access to clean water is essential for health and well-being, especially in a country like Afghanistan where waterborne diseases are prevalent. Lack of clean water is also a major barrier to economic development, as it makes it difficult for people to maintain good hygiene and sanitation practices and increases the risk of disease outbreaks. Women in Afghanistan are often the primary caretakers of their families and communities, and therefore have an important role to play in ensuring access to clean water. In many rural areas of the country, women are responsible for collecting water for their families, often from distant and unsafe sources. This task can be time-consuming and dangerous, as women must walk long distances and risk assault or abduction while collecting water.
In addition to collecting water, women in Afghanistan are also involved in efforts to improve access to clean water. Women-led community organizations have been established to advocate for clean water and sanitation, and to educate their communities about the importance of good hygiene practices. Women have also been trained as health workers to provide clean water and sanitation services in their communities. However, women and girls in Afghanistan face many challenges in their efforts to improve access to clean water. They often face discrimination and violence, and are excluded from decision-making processes that affect their communities. With the current regime and the new restrictions on Afghan women Freedom of Movement, they cannot work with Women’s organizations that work on water and sanitation issues may also lack the resources and support they need to be effective.
Afghan Youth Ambassadors for Peace Organization with the generous donation of Afghan Disapora implemented a well project in Achin District of Nangarhar Province. The project is part of AYAP’s Afghan for Afghan thematic project that focuses on Climate Change and Humanitarian support. AYAP members also provided basic training on water usage and good hygiene practices in Achin district to their community members.
Access to clean water is a critical issue in Afghanistan, and women play an important role in addressing this challenge. However, more needs to be done to ensure that women are empowered to lead efforts to improve access to clean water, and that they have the resources and support they need to be successful. By working together, women and men can help ensure that all people in Afghanistan have access to clean water and the health and economic benefits it brings.