Celebrating World Water Day

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Celebrating World Water Day

On March 22, the United States joined the international community in commemorating World Water Day. Each year on World Water Day, governments, organizations, and individuals around the world highlight the importance of water and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources.

On March 21, 2019, in honor of Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day and World Water Day, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Water Partnership, the Aspen Institute, Global Water 2020, and the Global Water Challenge hosted a conference to raise awareness about the link between women’s empowerment and water. The conference highlighted how ready access to safe water and sanitation can drastically advance the quality of life for women and girls. Globally, women and girls spend around 200 million hours every day collecting water, taking precious time away from opportunities for paid work and education. Moreover, evidence shows that improving water quality, sanitation, and hygiene access in medical facilities improves maternal and infant health.

On March 22, the U.S. Department of State and USAID, as well as U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world shared World Water Day messages and highlighted actions they were taking to support this international day on their social media accounts. Here are a few highlights:

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