Thursday, 12 July 2012

Hot off the press – The World Walks for Water and Sanitation brochure!

Here at End Water Poverty we’re excited to announce the launch of our new brochure celebrating the success of The World Walks for Water and Sanitation 2012.
The World Walks for Water and Sanitation in March 2012 saw 380,000 people in over 70 countries join together in solidarity with the millions of people who have to walk for miles every day to collect water and with the 2.5 billion people who have no safe, private toilet. During the week of action, people across the globe walked to highlight the sanitation and water crisis and to lobby their decision makers to take action.
You can read all about the walks in our new brochure, which includes a map highlighting where the walks took place. Read about how schoolchildren, farmers, and star footballers joined with the hundreds of thousands of people walking to demand action on sanitation and water. If you walked, perhaps you’ll even be able to spot yourself in one of the photos!
You can also learn more about the demands of the walkers, and why they chose to walk. Catharine Mwango from the African Civil Society Network on water and sanitation walked because "we need programmes that are going to increase the number of people with access to sanitation facilities".

The brochure outlines the global demands of the campaign, and perhaps most importantly, what the real impact of the campaign was. An unprecedented 40 countries participated in the Sanitation and Water for All High Level Meeting in April 2012. Ministers of Water, Sanitation, Environment and Health from countries across Africa and Asia committed by 2014 to:

• decrease open defecation by 15%
• improve water service access by 5%
• increase access to safe sanitation services by 7%

So, whether you’re a walker who wants to find out about the other walks that took place or someone who is interested in taking part in future End Water Poverty campaigns, download our new brochure here.  
A copy will be sent out to all walk organisers in the post soon, so keep an eye on your mailbox! A French version is being prepared and will be available soon.

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