In Africa women spend 40 billion hours a year walking to get water for their families. Women are responsible for 72% of water collection in Africa. When they no longer have to collect water they have time to start businesses, go to school or grow food for their families. (Information from Charity: Water )
Dave and I just watched the French film The Source. It tells the story of a group of women in North Africa who want the men of their village to use the money they make from tourists, to build a pipeline to their community to bring water from the mountains. That will mean the women no longer have to walk miles over hilly rough terrain to get water.
When yet another pregnant woman suffers a miscarriage on the difficult trek to get water, her fellow female villagers band together in a love strike to force the village males to build the pipeline. The women refuse to have sex with their husbands till the pipeline is built. The men are fearful of how the pipeline will change traditional gender roles and how those changes will impact family life, religious life and societal power structures. They refuse the women’s request for a pipeline. What will happen?
The Source is an engaging drama, sometimes funny, often heart-breaking, full of music, and thought-provoking. It makes you realize how in many parts of the world access to clean water isn’t a reality and how its availability can improve so many aspects of life especially for women and their children.