To mark this, the World Water and Sanitation campaign have released a film to call on people everywhere to join this global movement for change.
Over 170,000 people are already planning walks in 25 countries from Bangladesh to Belgium, Nigeria to Nepal and Colombia to Cameroon. They are walking in solidarity with the millions of people – overwhelmingly women and children - who walk great distances each day to collect water for their basic needs and the billions who have no safe place to go to the toilet.
They’ll be calling on politicians across the globe to keep the promises they have made to get water and sanitation to the world’s poorest countries and communities. Politicians have made commitments at local, national, regional and global levels to end this crisis but many of these promises are not being kept, so now is the time to demand action.
The World Walks for Water and Sanitation is calling on people across the world to join in with the 170,000 campaigners already walking to call for change and get their voices heard.
Walking across the worldDetails of some of the events already being planned include:
- In Sierra Leone, over 2,500 people will be taking part in walks across the country, including in Freetown. The Minister for the recently established Ministry for Water Resources, Hon. Momodu Elongima Maligie, has been invited to attend.
- In Belgium almost 20,000 school children will be walking a collective distance of over 100,000 Km.
- Over 10,000 people in Pakistan and over 20,000 people in India will be walking.
- Liberia CSOs WASH Network is planning a three day sit-in and petition action at the Ministries of Health, Lands and Mines and Public Works. They’re planning to collect 15,000 signatures calling for promises to be kept.
A crucial campaignNatasha Horsfield, a coordinator of the World Walks for Water and Sanitation campaign added, “We welcome all of the promises that politicians have made to end the water and sanitation crisis but we want to remind them that words are not enough! We want to see these promises turned into action. It’s time to tell world leaders that it’s not acceptable for 2,000 children to be dying every day because they don’t have clean drinking water or a safe place to go to the toilet.”
Join the World Walks for Water and Sanitation!
We're calling on people across the world to join the thousands of campaigners walking to demand political leaders keep their promises on sanitation and water this World Water Day. Organise your own walk or join one near you. Find out more and register at www.worldwalksforwater.org