Sanitation and Water for All launches global campaign for social justice – World

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GENEVA, August 30, 2022 – The Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership, hosted by the United Nations, today launched an international campaign calling for the fair and equitable provision of water and sanitation services.

Worldwide, 2.2 billion people still do not have access to drinking water. More than half of the world’s population does not have safe sanitation facilities.

The #JusticeBeginsHere campaign invites individuals and organizations from all sectors to address the structural inequalities that hinder the delivery of water and sanitation services.

Water scarcity and flooding drive thousands of climate refugees from their homes every year. Forty percent of the world’s population is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

Women and girls are disproportionately affected, spending approximately 200 million hours every day by collecting water. Additionally, nearly half of the world’s schools lack access to handwashing facilities and adequate bathrooms, leading to lower attendance rates among girls and fewer career opportunities. .

Lack of services also fuels the spread of infectious diseases, which cost the global economy billions of dollars each year in medical costs and lost workdays.

These costs reinforce inequalities and constitute major barriers to social and economic potential.

“Across the world, activists are standing up for women’s equality, campaigning for quality health care, and tackling the racism and discrimination that is implicit in our communities. Yet we will never achieve these goals until people have access to the basic human rights to water and sanitation,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, CEO of SWA.

The #JusticeBeginsHere campaign raises awareness of the social injustices caused by lack of access to water and sanitation and mobilizes individuals and organizations to action.

Campaign toolkits in French, English and Spanish are available at justicebegins.org. Customizable resources allow organizations to add their own branding and messaging to encourage participation.

“This is not just a campaign for water and sanitation activists,” de Albuquerque said. “This campaign is for anyone who cares about social justice and sustainable development. It’s time we worked together to ensure equal opportunity and prosperity for all.

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ABOUT SANITATION AND WATER FOR ALL

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments and their partners in civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, research and learning institutions and the philanthropic community. Together, SWA partners stimulate high-level policy dialogue – at national, regional and global levels – and coordinate and monitor progress towards sanitation, water and hygiene related targets of the Development Goals sustainable development of the United Nations. For more information, visit www.sanitationandwaterforall.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Alexandra Reis

Communications Manager

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA)

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