In March 2019, the UK Government announced changes that would help end period poverty in the UK and overseas. From the provision of free sanitary products at secondary schools in England to the new campaign to eradicate period poverty globally by 2030, overall these changes appear to be positive. But are they strong enough commitments to make with only 11 years left to reach the Sustainable Development Goals?
Photo: End Water Poverty/Zambia's NGO WASH Forum/Kiana Alavi
March marks many important and international days of the year. From International Women’s Day (8th March) to the start of spring to World Water Day (22nd March). It is a symbolic time to turn a new leaf and take necessary actions that ensure the sustainable world governments promised in 2015 with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It’s the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day- this day United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document safeguarding the inalienable rights for all. At End Water Poverty, we believe that the right to safe water and sanitation services is at the heart of all fundamental human rights, given the basic requirements of these resources in the life of an individual.
On 6 and 22 November, End Water Poverty and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, with partners (Coalition Eau, Watershed Empowering Citizens, with the support of Sanitation and Water for All) will host a webinar series, entitled ‘how can we improve accountability mechanisms for SDG 6 at the national level?’. This webinar will be delivered in three languages (English, French and Spanish). The times of the webinars are as follows:
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In August 2018, End Water Poverty along with its partners attended World Water Week in Stockholm. End Water Poverty attended this global event to present the recently launched report on National Accountability Mechanisms for SDG 6. The report, its results and importance were discussed during a sofa session interview. To get a sense of how this global event went, we spoke to our International Coordinator, Al-hassan Adam.
Within the development sector, we talk about reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 on a daily basis. What we often forget is that reaching these goals provides an equal, cleaner and more sustainable world for future generations. It is noticeable that youth groups and activists are extremely passionate and enthusiastic about reaching the SDGs and are regularly finding innovative and creative ways to reach these goals.