For millions of women and girls around the world, access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education can mean the difference between health and sickness, safety and violence, or days spent working or learning in school and days gathering water for their families.
Please urge your member of Congress to support the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013, vital legislation aimed at improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene education.
To: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Women and girls desperately need the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013.
Seven hundred sixty-eight million people lack access to safe drinking water. Nearly 35 percent of the world’s population lives without decent sanitation.
Without access to these vital services, girls miss school as they search for clean water, lives are lost to preventable diseases and illnesses, and women and girls without access to nearby sources of clean water or secure, private bathroom and bathing facilities face increased threats of violence.
For every $1 invested in water, sanitation, and hygiene, at least $4 is returned in saved health care costs and increased economic productivity, according to one peer-reviewed study presented to the World Health Organization.
Given numbers such as those, I hope you will agree that this is an investment we can and should make for the women and girls of the world.
Thank you for considering my message. I look forward to your response.
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