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Women worldwide commit to the WASH practices

Written by Agencies |Published : December 5, 2014 11:41 AM IST

Women leaders from different religions, countries and groups came together on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh, on Sunday to commit themselves to better water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices.With technical support from UNICEF, the Women for WASH summit at Parmarth Niketan was part of the first global mega event organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA).

Over 100 women leaders from India, Britain, the US, Europe and Indonesia took part in the first meeting of women faith leaders on WASH, an issue that is of vital and immediate concern to women and children. The summit saw the presence of some renowned faith leaders from Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. (Read: Top 15 women s health concerns)

Sue Coates from Britain, the WASH chief at Unicef India, said it was high time women looked at the critical role they play and can play in water, sanitation and hygiene issues. She outlined the immense misery millions of girls and women in India have to go through every day because there were no toilets for them at homes and communities. (Read: 11 health tips for women from healthcare experts)

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Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, secretary general of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), said 1,200 children under the age of five die daily in India because of polluted water, poor sanitation and health facilities as well as social behaviour. Kiranjot Kaur from Amritsar said religion was a very important part of women's lives. So were sanitation, water and hygiene.

Source: IANS

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