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A review of the available literature shows that in developing countries the role of women in the water sector is often limited to collecting and managing water at the household level. Water improvement programs are found to provide women with enormous direct benefits in the form of reduced time and effort (women's workload) required to complete water related activities, reduced adverse health impacts associated with traditional water sources, and improved socio-economic status. Also, such programs are found to provide women with a number of indirect benefits.

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