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March is #WaterActionMonth!

Water Action Month

Organizations around the world are coming together behind a common goal of keeping governments accountable to promises made with regards to providing safe water and sanitation to all.

To support them in this work, End Water Poverty is organizing exciting conversations to cover important aspects of water, sanitation, and hygiene. These webinars are open to the public, so please share these widely amongst your networks:

– Thursday March 16th; 3:30 PM GMT: “Realizing the Human Right to Water and Sanitation
Register here: http://bit.do/WAM-webinar-HRTWS

– Thursday March 23rd; 3:30 PM GMT: “How to Finance an End to the Water and Sanitation Crisis”
Register here: http://bit.do/WAM-webinar-Finance

– Tuesday March 28th; 3:30 PM GMT: “How and Why to Involve Children and Youth in WASH Initiatives”
Register here: http://bit.do/WAM-webinar-Youth

Join the conversation this Water Action Month!

Nepal: Sanitation Brand Ambassador, actress Jharana Thapa, on campaign

In September 2008, famous Nepali actress Jharana Thapa was nominated Sanitation Brand Ambassador by the End Water Poverty Campaign. In November 2008 she participated in the South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) III held in New Delhi, India, where she stressed to establish sanitation as a basic right.After her participation in the conference, Jharana Thapa is not only involved in making speeches on sanitation. Whenever she visits villages for shooting or [a] personal visit nowadays, she asks, “Is there a toilet or not? Is it clean or not? “Do you wash your hands with soap and water after going to the toilet?” […] “Due to toilet problem, many girl students do not drink water during school hours,” said Jharana, adding, “The girl students feel uncomfortable during periods and toilet problem might cause mental problem.” Jharana advises the girl students not to feel ashamed and talk to the school management to arrange separate toilets for them.

Jharana herself has experiences of problems a woman has to face for not having a toilet. Jharana said, “I also had to search for a toilet in many places while in outdoor shooting locations. So, I am arranging for a mobile toilet in my home production to be used in shooting. She added, “I am also initiating to include social messages of sanitation in my films.”

Source: Nepal Samacharpatra / NGO Forum, 18 Feb 2009

Flash Squat: UK sanitation campaigners “squat” within sight of Houses of Parliament

Squatting in public is what millions of people have to do every day. So [ UK sanitation campaigners] are going to risk [their] dignity at [a] mass squat to draw attention to one of the biggest and most neglected development issues – lack of basic sanitation.

The “Flash Squat” is being planned by WaterAid for Wednesday morning, 21 January 2009, “within sight of the UK ‘Seat of Power’, the Houses of Parliament” in London, in support of the End Water Poverty campaign. The event will be photographed and filmed.

For full details go WaterAid’s Facebook page [you need to be registerd on Facebook to view this]

Make sure world leaders talk toilets at the UN

UN Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, 22nd-25th September 2008

22nd-25th September 2008 sees world leaders gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss plans to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Following on from the G8 summit, this is the next big chance for the End Water Poverty coalition to get world leaders to take decisive action to agree a global plan of action on water and sanitation.

For this to happen we all need to act, and End Water Poverty encourages all members to ensure your government is a water and sanitation champion at the UN this September.

Read more: End Water Poverty, 13 Aug 2008