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6K Walk for Water

Date: 04/09/2014 Description: Women carrying water into the sunset.  © AP Image

The U.S. Department of State hosted the annual 6k Walk for Water on  April 23, 2014, as part of the Department’s 2014 Earth Day celebrations. 

The Embassy of Sweden hosted a water break at the halfway point, where walkers heard from experts from the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and WASH Advocates about water issues from around the world. .

The annual 6k Walk for Water is organized to acknowledge the millions of people in the developing world, most often women and girls, who walk an average of six kilometers to collect water for their families. The task of collecting water keeps children out of school and prevents women from engaging in other, more productive economic activities. The event also recognizes that clean water resources are essential for a healthy planet and have widespread implications for the global environment, health, economy, food security, and gender equity.

The event is open to the public. Interested participants should check this page in mid-April 2015 for news about the 2015 walk. 


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