While women’s lives around the world have improved dramatically, gaps remain in many areas, including water and sanitation. For example, a recent study in 44 developing countries found that women carry water more often than men by a ration of nearly 2 to 1. Time is but one cost. There are many. The study found that in Nepal, reducing the time it takes to fetch water by just one hour could increase girls’ school enrollment by 30%.
The World Bank/WSP 2012 Calendar combines illustrations, humor, and data to focus attention on the role of gender in developing countries’ ability to ensure improved water and sanitation services for all citizens. Gender is also the focus of the World Bank’s 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development .