International Day of the Girl Child: Innovating for Girls’ Education

School girl in HaitiIn only one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women and girls collecting water for their families. According to, that’s equivalent to the labor needed to construct 28 Empire State Buildings.

It’s also equivalent to about 28,571,428 days of school. Imagine if all those hours could be put toward girls’ education.

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, a United Nations-dedicated day to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year, the day will focus on Innovating for Girls’ Education.

At Pure Water for the World, we are committed to working with our partner communities to ensure that girls are able to access the WASH resources they need to lead healthy lives.

We work with schools to provide adequate toilet facilities, offering safety and privacy for students. We train mothers in household hygiene so that they can keep their children healthy and able to attend to school.

And most recently, we’re surveying communities to better understand menstrual hygiene management needs to enhance our WASH package and to make sure young women have the facilities and information they need.

Click here to learn more about International Day of the Girl Child.