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Women across world spend 200m hours every day collecting water: Unicef

Women and girls across the world collectively spend about 200 million hours every day collecting water which is a “colossal waste” of their valuable time, the UN children’s agency has said of the activity which is a daily routine for millions of girls in India.

As World Water week began on Monday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) highlighted the opportunity cost from a lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women and girls who collectively spend as much as 200 million hours – or more than 22,800 years – every day collecting this vital resource.

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