StandUp4Water and Sign the Pledge!
Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene should be normal for everyone everywhere. But, today, millions have their access denied, simply because of who they are, how much money they have, or where they live. Lacking access to these human rights stops people having an equal chance to be healthy, educated and financially secure. That's why Women for Water and the European Pact for Water together with End Water Poverty and WaterAid in April launched the Stand Up 4 Water campaign ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections on May 23rd.
SIGN THE PLEDGE HERE!
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World Water Day is a second Women’s Day: StandUp4Water and Women!
by Lesha Witmer, advocacy lead of Women for Water Partnership's Steering Committee and co- coordinator European Pact for Water.
The connection between women, gender-aspects and water and sanitation has been well established.
In 1992 the Dublin principles were formulated. Principle No. 3: “Women play a central part in the provision, management and safeguarding of water”.
In 1995 the Beijing Action platform, connected to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was one of the first treaties that formulated a demand for universal access to water and sanitation: “106 x) Ensure the availability of and universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation and put in place effective public distribution systems as soon as possible; “.
This declaration was one of the basics leading up to the human rights to water and sanitation resolutions and is echoed by SDG6. Some crucial principles like “Ensure that clean water is available and accessible to all by the year 2000 and that environmental protection and conservation plans are designed and implemented to restore polluted water systems and rebuild damaged watersheds” were already mentioned then.
However, we seem to have “reinvented the wheel” and those promises did not lead to enough tangible action on the ground.
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StandUp4Water on April 30th organised a debate with Dutch candidates for the European Parliament. Thijs Reuten of the Labour Party, Arnout Hoekstra of the Socialist Party, Dirk-Jan Koch of the Green Left Party, Eva Akerboom of the Party of the Animals as well as Samira Rafaela of the Social Liberal Party were present during this lively and interesting debate. All candidates emphasized the importance of the topic water & sanitation for now and the future and their understanding of cross-cutting issues where water plays a major role. And, all signed the pledge.
Access to water and sanitation is not only an issue for developing countries but also in Europe it is not a given. Moreover, due to climate change more and more countries are being faced with water scarcity.
Lesha Witmer of Women for Water Partnership stated that "The EU is a main donor in this field and should at least maintain this position. However, in order to achieve SDG6 and other water-related targets – access to water and sanitation for all – available finances have to triple. So higher attention and ambitions are needed!"
She proposed to re-establish a so called ‘ intergroup’ of the European Parliaments, a multi stakeholder group in the EU about water & sanitation to keep water high on the agenda and feed the discourse. In addition WfWP would like to see the appointment of new commissioner(s) with an explicit mandate regarding water and sanitation. And of course WfWP is making the case of combining SDG5 and 6 as you can read in our blog.