“Women Demand Access to Water and Energy”

This article highlights the struggles women in developing countries encounter due to their lack of access to water and energy, as part of the egenda of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) currently taking place in Istanbul, Turkey.  Wubitu Hailu, managing director of an Ethiopian NGO, says that “access to water and energy should be basic human rights.”  Here’s an excerpt:

Women Demand Access to Water and Energy
By Claire Ngozo

ISTANBUL, May 11, 2011 (IPS) – “Women in LDCs bear the brunt of economic and social hardships,” said Wubitu Hailu, managing director of an Ethiopian NGO, the Kulich Youth Reproductive Health and Development Organisation. The failure to provide access to basic services like clean water and electricity is a major factor preventing women from realising their full potential.

“In Ethiopia, for instance, women travel long distances looking for water and they risk getting raped, abused and abducted. They end up getting involved in early marriages, early pregnancies and unwanted children.

She said a cycle of poverty continues to be perpetrated because of this. “These chores are hampering the social and economic development of women around the world and especially in the LDCs.”

Read the full article: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55585

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