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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, as part of our ongoing series on water security, we’re hearing why we need more women in the world of water management – a sector that is facing an imminent crisis without urgent reforms, according to the UN weather agency.

We’re also looking at the tragic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, and covering the WTO’s calls for more vaccines to help poorer countries keep up with global trade.

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Kashmiri women collect water from a water tanker in Shilvath, Indian Kashmir, January 2017. (Credit: Keystone/EPA/Farooq Khan)

💧Why we need more women’s voices in the world of water. In countries across the world, women and girls are more often responsible for managing water supplies in their households and wider local communities. But when it comes to holding positions in water management and water diplomacy, women are drastically underrepresented. As part of our series ‘The Water We Share’, we spoke to two experts about how water issues affect women differently and why it’s vital that their voices are heard.

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Secondary school students wait for class at a school in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2021. (Credit: Keystone/EPA/ADI WEDA

Stark warnings for children’s mental health. Covid-19 has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of children worldwide, but this is “just the tip of the iceberg” of the struggles faced by many young people, a new report from UNICEF warned on Tuesday. While one in seven adolescents aged 10 to 19 worldwide lives with a diagnosed mental disorder, only around 2 per cent of government health budgets are allocated to mental health spending on average. “Mental health is a part of physical health – we cannot afford to continue to view it as otherwise,” said UNICEF’s executive director Henrietta Fore.

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