Time wasted collecting water a "double whammy" for women and girls

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Girls carry water through a field after rain at a site of displaced civilians in Diffa, Niger, on 18 August 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Sam Phelps

Time wasted collecting water is a "double whammy" for women and girls around the world.

That's according to Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes at the UN Children's Fund, (UNICEF).

He said that apart from losing time that could be spent in class, girls' health also suffers due to the hard physical labour involved.

As World Water Week gets underway in Stockholm, Sweden, UNICEF said that 200 million hours are spent each day collecting water.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 calls for universal access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030.

Matthew Wells asked Mr Wijesekera how many people lacked access today.

Duration: 4'55"

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