Women in Nepal - leading communities, changing lives

In Nepal, women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

They often have to walk miles, carrying heavy loads, and queue for hours to get water for their families. Women and girls also pay a heavier price because of poor sanitation. Without latrines, many are compelled to relieve themselves in the fields or forests before dawn or after dark. They are exposed to many risks, including that of harassment and even assault. Having to wait for long hours to defecate and urinate is also uncomfortable and can cause serious illnesses.

Additionally, lack of safe, clean and separate toilets and washing facilities in schools is one of the main factors preventing girls from attending school, particularly while menstruating. Access to safe WASH plays an important role in meeting the specific needs of women and girls, and contributes to their social and economic development.

To commemorate International Women's Day, WaterAid Nepal has compiled stories of women across Nepal who have participated in our WASH programmes.