It’s International Women’s Day!

March 8th, 2022

Meet some of the women in Village Water and partner teams in Mozambique (Watsan) and Zambia (ECHO):

All at the forefront of empowering women by bringing safe water to villages and schools.  

I think that a woman should be equal and know how to make her choices, to feel free to express herself and fulfill her dream. I feel that my work is changing the mentality of women and girls” 


I grew up believing that filling a kettle or having a shower was a normal household activity.  For millions of women and girls this is still a luxury, where water must be physically collected in buckets many times a day. I’m proud to be working to change this.’’ 


My work is important because I make women and girls realize that the woman was not made to serve only the man, but she has her rights and her duties. As for the girl in schools , she should study to have a bright future, she should know in case of some abuse where she can turn to get help. She must know when she is faced with violence how to deal with it, and with premature marriages how can she overcome it.”


My work in the community is important as many women do not know their rights. In Mozambique there is still violence and gender inequality. That is why it is important to publish the rights of women and girls to improve violence against women and girls. Without water there is no life, this is a reality. In our communities finding this precious liquid has been a great challenge for women, taking into account that they are the ones who take care of the home, travel long distances with the girls, and even pregnant or often with a child on their lap. It’s difficult for women.


In Zambia and Mozambique, women and girls are disproportionally responsible for providing water for their households, while also taking on the additional impacts of the Covid pandemic.  

It’s just an assumption that they will continue to bear this burden, and they shouldn’t. Bit by bit, Village Water and our local partners are working to challenge the status quo by working with communities, institutions and Government departments, to ensure women’s voices about the issues they face are heard and valued. 

At every level from the community upwards, women take on leadership roles such as water committee treasurers, hygiene team leaders, programme managers, and accountants, breaking the bias and moving towards a more equal future. 

Join us and the world calling for gender equality, a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. 

Together we can forge women’s equality. Join the movement, post on your socials and collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.