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© Michael Gunther/WWF-Cannon

Women and children washing up clothes and bathing in the river. Outskirts of Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal. © Michael Gunther/WWF-Cannon

WWF: International Women's Day

January 1, 1970

For people and nature to thrive, those living on the land they call home must become its most reliable stewards. Local people often have the greatest understanding and connection to nature. Girls and women can play a critical role in managing water, medicinal plants and other natural resources. World Wildlife Fund helps them gain better access to education and social services so they can improve their lives and help lead environmental change in their families and communities.