Putting the human rights to water and sanitation into practice – at local level

This space supports the move from a rhetoric of human rights to the use of the human rights to water and sanitation in WASH sector practice – everywhere.

All countries in the world agree that every person is entitled to the human rights to water and sanitation. Most countries have made high-level commitments to ensure access to water and sanitation services for all people. Practically all countries in the world are struggling to achieve services for all.

Our aim is to show that using the human rights to water and sanitation in WASH sector practice can catalyse progress.

You will find on this website:

In short: Everything you need to #MakeRightsReal!

The #MakeRightsReal campaign platform​

You are already using human rights in your work? You think more should be done? Take part in the #MakeRightsReal campaign to share your experiences and call for more action. Together, we can show the potential of human rights for realising services for all and demand more action.

10 years after the human rights to water and sanitation were first recognised, the #MakeRightsReal campaign:

The campaign started this 30 September, but is still ongoing. So, it’s not too late to join and joining is simple. Participate this Human Rights Day (see box below) or click the button to learn more.

10 December is Human Rights Day​

This Human Rights Day, let’s remind governments that it’s time to redouble efforts to #MakeRightsReal for people in practice! Click the button to learn how you can add your voice and to download the materials that we have prepared for Human Rights Day.

Tools and approaches

You want to do more to integrate human rights into your work, but you are not quite sure how to go about it? Have a look at these tools and approaches on the human rights to water and sanitation for WASH sector practitioners.
Almost everyone working in the WASH sector knows that water and sanitation are human rights. Many people and organisations want to use human rights in their work, but are not quite sure how to go about it. Our compilation aims to help you find the tool or approach you need.

The human rights to water and sanitation

Where do the human rights to water and sanitation come from? Are they obligatory for my country? How are they defined?
This page answers the most common questions of WASH sector practitioners on the human rights to water and sanitation. It includes a brief introduction to the origins and meaning of the human rights to water and sanitation and a selection of resources for further reading.

About this website

This website is the result of a collaboration between WASH sector organisations. We share the interest of using the human rights to water and sanitation in practice to catalyse progress towards the realisation of services for all.