In Africa, 90 percent of the household water and wood needs for food preparation is done by women. In many regions of the world, women spend up to five hours per day collecting fuelwood and water.

Mali: women drawing water for villagers from a well
FAO photo by John Isaac

More photos in this series:
  • India: women farmers transplanting rice in a trial field
  • Sri Lanka: women at work in their home garden
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