human rights

End Water Poverty and Public Services International urge governments to realise water and sanitation workers’ rights amid COVID-19 pandemic

For some people, working from home isn’t an option. Every day water and sanitation workers risk their lives to earn a living. If the spread of coronavirus highlights the importance of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, it also exposes the callousness with which governments and private companies treat those who provide these vital public services.

We can slow coronavirus by providing safe water in homes, hospitals, schools and transport hubs for handwashing

The global coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the vital importance of hygiene. Suddenly we have rediscovered handwashing as the best preventive measure to avoid contracting or spreading the virus. However, when the media, governments and civil society bang on about handwashing without addressing the question of whether people even have water in the first place, it breeds cynicism within communities who are routinely denied their human rights.

Enugu declares water emergency after #ClaimYourWaterRights campaign

On 23 January, Enugu State declared a state-of-emergency in its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. The state government also established an 18-member inter-ministerial committee to revamp the WASH sector. The declaration comes after a series of advocacy meetings between state officials, Enugu’s water utility provider, the ministry of water resources and civil society organisations, to reinforce Nigerian citizen's rights to safe drinking water.

Legal activism, research and advocacy to catalyse change: The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)

Photos: SERI

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) is a non-profit organisation and public interest law clinic that provides professional and dedicated socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements. We focus our research, advocacy and litigation in three thematic areas: securing a home, making a living and expanding political space.

The Right to Water in France: the Bill has been adopted!

Great news of successful advocacy by French EWP members! Blog post written by Kristel Malegue, Coordinator at Coalition Eau. 

On Tuesday 14th June 2016, Bill no. 2715 on the effective implementation of the human right to water and sanitation was adopted by the French National Assembly at its first reading.

Thank you to all our members - you've been amazing!



Thank you - we couldn't have done it without you. Congratulations to all our members on your fantastic work! 

It's been a busy past few months for us here at End Water Poverty. March was an incredible month of action calling for change around the world - we thank all our amazing supporters for making Water Action Month such a success!


Plans are afoot in Ireland for Water Action Month!

Blog post written by Aishling Lennon, of EWP member Aidlink, Ireland in February 2016.

Once again, Aidlink are delighted to be part of End Water Poverty’s worldwide campaign to call for action to tackle the global water and sanitation crisis. Here’s a really brief update from the Aidlink team outlining our plans this Water Action Month.