On 30 September 2010, the UN Human Rights Council recognised that the human rights to water and sanitation are part of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This international treaty is obligatory for 171 countries.
10 years after the human rights to water and sanitation were first recognised, the #MakeRightsReal campaign:
This campaign is not a one-off, it’s an ongoing campaign that started this September 30. So, it’s not too late to join and joining is simple. Follow the three simple steps explained below or follow the #MakeRightsReal Twitter and Facebook channels and share social media posts from there.
Using the human rights to water and sanitation in practice yields results: 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 many WASH sector organisations already use them in their working relationships with others – and especially with government institutions who are primarily responsible for realising services for all. This work at local level and by all kinds of actors in the WASH sector currently receives too little recognition and support.
The #MakeRightsReal campaign aims to change that by showing the potential of human rights and demanding more action!
The campaign started this 30 September and is still ongoing. So, it’s not too late to join and joining is simple. Add your voice to our campaign around Human Rights Day (see above) or follow the three simple steps explained below.
This 4-page Guide contains everything you need to know to take part this 30 September and beyond:
Inspiration for writing your story plus guidance on how to combine a picture you have with the #MakeRightsReal campaign logo or on how to combine your story with one of the 12 “ready-to-use” campaign images.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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