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!

Interactive online talk: Get ready for human rights work!

How have #civilsociety organisations changed so they can work with #HumanRights? Learn from colleagues in India and Kenya in our interactive online talk and share your own experiences or questions. ‘Get ready for human rights work’ will be live on 15 September.

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.

An interactive online talk on working with human rights in practice at local level

Everybody knows that water and sanitation are human rights. But how can civil society organisations use these rights in their practical work at local level? Make Rights Real talk (#MRRtalk) explores different aspects of this question with guests who share their experiences.

Live at 15 September | 9am GMT | 11am CEST | 12noon EAT | 2.30pm IST | 4pm ICT

#MRRtalk is a series of interactive talk events hosted online to share practitioners’ perspectives on working with the human rights to water and sanitation. Each talk features a half-hour discussion among the speakers, followed by an interactive part for listeners to share experiences and ask questions. 

Episode 1 “Get ready for human rights work” was live on 15 September 2021. You can now listen to the recording of the lively discussion.

Episode 2 “Spotlight on strategies” was live on 4 November 2021. You can now listen to the recording of the discussion. This second episode shines a spotlight on different strategies that civil society organisations are using to push government institutions to realise water and sanitation services for all.

For those who can’t join live, each #MRRtalk is recorded. Click the link below to learn more about episode 2 and listen to the recording of episode 1, the first ever #MRRtalk.

10 years after the human rights to water and sanitation were first recognised, the #MakeRightsReal campaign provide a platform for you to share experiences of working with human rights in practice and to demand more action to #MakeRightsReal.

This campaign is not a one-off, it’s an ongoing campaign that started September 2020. So, it’s not too late to join and joining is simple. Click the button to learn more or simply follow the #MakeRightsReal Twitter and Facebook channels and share social media posts from there.

Review Human Rights Day campaign

This Human Rights Day we combined our voices and made our message heard loud and clear: with only 10 years to achieve the SDGs, it’s high time to move from the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights to practical realisation on the ground.

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.