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!
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.
Start this 30 September to show how you #MakeRightsReal!
10 years after the human rights to water and sanitation were first recognised, the #MakeRightsReal campaign has three aims:
Many WASH sector practitioners already use human rights in their work: Understanding inequalities in the enjoyment of services enables targeted planning to reach equality. With access to information for and participation by service users, their needs can be understood and met. If accountability is part of the service system, it will become more sustainable. All these are human rights principles and integrating them into practice yields results – and makes rights real!
10 years after the human rights to water and sanitation were first recognised, it’s high time to focus on the potential of these rights to catalyse progress towards services for all – and to ensure more attention, recognition and support for this vital work!
The #MakeRightsReal campaign aims to achieve this by showcasing experiences and demanding more action. Because it’s time to #MakeRightsReal!
Made for: WASH sector practitioners who work with local government institutions
Made by: The Making Rights Real consortium – see below “About this website”
Made for: Programme and advocacy staff
Made by: WaterAid
Made for: Civil society organisations and communities
Made by: End Water Poverty
Made for:Practitioners in local government institutions and programme staff
Made by: WaterAid, WEDC
Made for: Government institutions, service providers and regulators
Made by: Catarina de Albuquerque, then UN Special Rapporteur
Made for: Operators, managers and regulators
Made by: IWA
Our focus is on the collaborative engagement of governmental institutions at the local level.
We share the conviction that this niche is crucial to achieve the change needed to realise services for all – and that it is too often overlooked.
The Making Rights Real approach, available on this site here, was jointly developed by this group. The decision to develop the #MakeRightsReal campaign platform is based on the learnings from this work.