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2016: first global month of action

2016 saw the inaugural launch of Water Action Month. And what a success it was - our biggest mobilisation and global advocacy campaign ever! With activities held throughout March, this campaign offers our supporters important advocacy opportunities to call for change, with a louder voice. The month of global action focuses on increased advocacy around water and sanitation, with civil society acting with one united voice. Activities run throughout the month of March, culminating in highlighting the importance of World Water Day on 22 March and the critical need for increased prioritisation and attention on WASH issues. All our actions focus around the world on holding decision-makers accountable to their promises to realise the human right to water and sanitation; at local, national, regional and global levels. Mobilise your communities and your networks. Make some noise and demand your rights to water, sanitation and hygiene! Join us as we call for change. 

All activities help to maximise our impact and work together for long term advocacy and change, creating a united, amplified voice calling for a realisation of the human right to water and sanitation, and an end to water poverty. Water Action Month has grown out of the World Walks for Water and Sanitation - and comes under our 'Keep Your Promises' campaign, expanding from previous years' campaign mobilisation. Members and partners from around the world joined together to celebrate Water Action Month throughout the month of March, highlighting the celebration of World Water Day on 22 March and the critical importance of WASH in achieving our new agenda. Actions and activities took place in over 35 countries around the world - uniting civil society in a call for a better future. Read the final WAM 2016 evaluation report for full details about all of our 2016 activities and what we achieved together! 

Water Action Month: unite for a better future!

The month of global action in March provides a platform for organisations and communities to stand together with one common voice, calling for change. We demand long term, systemic change - a world where no one is left behind, and everyone has their rights to water and sanitation realised. Join us and add your voice for all! Now is the time to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene for all! We are over one year into this new ambitious agenda, and we have to hit the ground running! In 2017, we will continue our push to ensure that WASH as a fundamental priority in all development plans and policies, and to ensure all countries realise goal 6 by 2030, for everyone, everywhere. 

We need your help to shout even louder and ensure we are heard. Add your voice, and together we can make our collective demands heard. Join us in March 2017!

Water Action Month has grown from World Walks for Water and Sanitation: Running since 2011, on or around World Water Day on 22 March, End Water Poverty members from around the world came together to show their support for our cause. Through the World Walks for Water and Sanitation, we joined to raise awareness about the need for access to improved water and sanitation. After extensive consultation with EWP members, the coalition felt that the previous campaign of World Walks for Water and Sanitation needed to be integrated into EWP's flagship campaign of ‘Keep Your Promises’, moving away from a focus on holding walks and mass mobilisation activities, to a month of global action, which will see a range of advocacy activities held to highlight our common theme: to unite for a better future! Governments, keep your promises.

Keep Your Promises – on the human rights to water and sanitation. The ‘Keep Your Promises’ campaign has been running since 2012. The focus of the campaign is ensuring that everyone’s human rights to water and sanitation is realised: the campaign calls for governments to keep the promises they have already made on the rights and ensure that everyone has access to water and sanitation.

World Walks for Water and Sanitation history

Since 2011, every year End Water Poverty and our amazing members have held activities to highlight the need to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all. We have grown from strength to strength each year, helping to make our voices louder and louder calling for change. Water Action Month was previously known as the World Walks for Water and Sanitation to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, and raise awareness about the need to realise the human rights to water and sanitation. The past 2015 World Walks for Water and Sanitation Campaign Toolkit is available to download here.  

Celebrated on or around World Water Day every year in March, for the last four years hundreds of thousands of people across the world have mobilised to join the World Walks for Water and Sanitation. Activists, schoolchildren and communities from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia took to the streets to demand the human rights to water and sanitation are fulfilled for everyone around the world, so that they can have the clean running water and safe, hygienic sanitation they need to live the lives they choose. The World Walks for Water and Sanitation was the largest worldwide mobilisation for universal access to water and sanitation and, as such, provided an excellent opportunity for communities to lobby governments to meet the demands of our global campaign. We're now planning on making even more of an impact with the Water Action Month in 2016! Join us to call for a better future, and call for governments to keep their promises!  

2015 saw incredible successes and achievements:

  • Over 455,000 people walked, with events taking place in 35 countries around the world.
  • The largest numbers of individuals uniting for walks were held in the Democratic Republic of Congo with 201,000 people, in Belgium with 137,000 people, and in Pakistan, with over 15,000 people.
  • Great online presence, with a reach of 893,000 on Twitter alone!

For more information on the great work done in 2015, read the WWFWS 2015 - Evaluation report.

Previously in 2014, on and around World Water Day, more than 600,000 people in more than 40 countries came together to tell politicians to stick to the commitments they have made on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). As a result of this, decision makers took steps towards fulfilling the Human Right to Water and Sanitation. Click to find out more in English, French, Spanish.

  • A brochure explaining what happened in the 2014 campaign is available in English, French and Spanish. The 2014 promotional video is available here.
  • A brochure explaining what happened in the 2013 campaign is available in English and French. A video about the 2013 mobilisation available here through Youtube.