An interactive online talk about how to #MakeRightsReal

What practical steps have civil society organisations taken to work with human rights? What impact does this have? Make Rights Real talk with guests from India and Kenya.

Listen to the half-hour recording of the first #MRRtalk!

Just about everyone knows water and sanitation are human rights. And most people working in civil society organisations think these rights are somehow important to their work. But many wonder how they can work with human rights in practice.

Listen to the recording of this first ever Make Rights Real talk (#MRRtalk) for a lively discussion on practical steps civil society organisations have taken to work with human rights, and how this has helped them to achieve impact.

Our guests:


Bikash Kumar Pati, Programme Coordinator at WaterAid India. In this Make Rights Real talk, he explains the story of JEETA, the Joint Endeavour for Emancipation Training and Action for Women. JEETA works with marginalised communities in rural Odisha, India.

Malesi Shivaji is the CEO of KEWASNET, the Kenyan network of WASH sector civil society organisations. As an advocate and civil society leader, he has seen first hand how civil society organisations have changed to get ready for human rights work.

And you! Join the live talk to share your experiences or questions.

The first #MRRtalk will be live on 15 September at 9am GMT | 11am CEST | 12noon EAT | 2.30pm IST | 4pm ICT

#MRRtalk will be live on zoom. No account or registration needed. You can join using the zoom client or a web browser (click „Join from Your browser“ for this option).

The Make Rights Real talk format

“Get ready for human rights work” was the first in a series of Make Rights Real talk events. Featuring speakers from civil society organisations, each MakeRightsReal talk interrogates a practical aspect of the human rights to water and sanitation.

Each Make Rights Real talk takes one hour and has two parts: In a podcast-like discussion, speakers from civil society organisations share their insights of working with human rights in the WASH sector. In the following call-in part, listeners can share experiences or ask questions. The first part is recorded and available for download as a podcast.

We currently have these talks planned:

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