Women for Water Partnership Joins GWC

Global Water Challenge is happy to welcome Women for Water Partnership as a partner. For more information, please click here for more information or visit their website.

Scotsman Ice Systems to Donate Percentage of Sales to Women for Water

Vernon Hills, Ill.— October 3, 2012—Scotsman Ice Systems today announced plans to donate a percentage of each healthcare unit sold to the Global Water Challenge’s newly launched Women for Water campaign. The campaign is a global grassroots initiative that is dedicated to launching women-led water ventures, each of which is estimated to provide clean water for 1,000-2,500 people in its first year of operation.

“Water sanitation is a vital component in our business so working with Women for Water was the right thing to do,” said Rich Gleitsmann, president of Scotsman Ice Systems. “Through our donations, Scotsman hopes to assist in solving of the global water crisis and improve the health and lives of the world’s women and children.”

Starting January 2013, Scotsman Ice Systems plans to submit donations to Women for Water twice per year.

For more information regarding Scotsman Ice Systems, visit http://www.scotsman-ice.com/.

To learn more about Women for Water, visit http://womenforwater.com/.

About Scotsman Ice Systems
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ice systems, with more than 300 models of ice machines, storage bins, and ice and water dispensers, Scotsman is dedicated to developing today’s most innovative ice solutions. In 2012 Scotsman earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award and in 2011, Scotsman was the recipient of the ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Product Design. Offering more than 65 ENERGY STAR-rated models, Scotsman Prodigy® technology reduces energy and water consumption, making a difference for the environment and the bottom line. For more information, visit www.scotsman-ice.com.

For Mother’s Day, the Greatest Gift of All

imageWhen I was growing up, Mother’s Day was always about making a stress-free day for my Mom.  Caring for three kids and keeping track of all the soccer practices, band lessons and the occasional detention was a lot to manage.  So on Mother’s Day each year, my brother, sister and I went to great lengths to make sure that she could sit back, relax and have one day of rest.  From serving her breakfast in bed to taking care of yard and house work, we each pitched in to make sure that she didn’t have to worry about the tasks that she usually undertook to take care of our family. 

However, despite how busy my mother always was, she actually had it relatively easy (sorry Mom!).  She had a couple of basic services that many women around the world don’t have: water and sanitation.  My mother never had to walk five miles to fetch water for our family.  My mother never had to wait until dark to use the toilet, risking assault and illness.  My mother did not have to drop out of school to help her mom carry water for their family.  My mother never had to bury a child because he or she died from diarrhea contracted from unsafe drinking water.  These are the realities that many women around the world face every day.

Women and girls are a great source of potential in the developing world.  Adding one year of schooling to all adult females in a country is associated with an increase of around $700 in GDP per capita.  According to UNICEF, more educated women tend to have healthier children.  One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to make sure that they receive an education and unlock their potential is to make sure that they have access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

GWC and our members prioritize women and girls when it comes to water and sanitation programming.  On World Water Day, The Coca-Cola Company dedicated US$ 6 million in 2011 to water and sanitation partnerships aimed at improving the lives of an estimated 250,000 women and girls.  When planning projects, WaterAid incorporates women’s feedback on well and latrine locations and invites women to form water committees to manage water and sanitation services.  The Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council has a Women Leaders for WASH initiative that “brings together a group of distinguished women leaders all over the world to advocate for improved WASH services.”  These are just a couple examples of what our members are doing; all of our members work daily to reduce this burden that restrains the potential of women and girls around the world.

This Mother’s Day, think about how much your mother did and continues to do for you.  Then consider how much more difficult your lives would have been without water and sanitation.  Please take a couple minutes and visit one of our members to learn about their water and sanitation activities and donate to help provide these basic services for mothers, children and families worldwide.  Help us work toward a day when all mothers are free to focus on the soccer practices and the detentions and not worry about the fundamental health and well being of their children due to the lack of safe water and sanitation.

This post was written by Kyle Sucher, Program Associate at GWC.

Women and Water for International Women’s Day

imageToday, March 8th, 2011 marks the global centennial celebration of International Women’s Day. GWC is honored to join millions of people around the world in raising awareness about the importance of the economic, political and social achievements of women. With one woman out of every eight around the world lacking access to safe water, this is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the significant relationship between women, water, and healthy, thriving communities.

Water is equally important to all people, women and men alike. The burden of inadequate access to water, however, is far from equal. Women in developing countries spend an average of six hours per day collecting water.  In Africa alone, it is estimated that each year women spend 40 BILLION hours collecting water (that is often unsafe).  This is time that could be spent parenting, gaining economic independence through productive work, or looking after their own well being. 

For girls, the many hours spent carrying water rob them not only of their time, but of their future.  Too often, girls are carrying forty pound jerrycans of water instead of textbooks.  With no time to attend school, future opportunities are diminished. Even when girls do attend school, they will often drop out at the age of puberty if they lack access to gender-specific sanitation facilities. Without access to adequate sanitation, women and girls often wait until after dark to go in the fields to avoid humiliation, but in doing so they often put their personal safety at risk.

Just as important as water and sanitation are for the progress of all women, so too are women integral to effective water and sanitation services.  A study by the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) of community water and sanitation projects in 15 countries found that projects designed and run with the full participation of women are more sustainable and effective than those that do not.

The next time you hear about the countless challenges that women face each and every day, remember how much of an impact water and sanitation can have on their lives and how those two simple necessities are so crucial for sustainable development.

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