Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
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Water for all
2.1 billion people live without safe water at home. This #WorldWaterDay, like every day, we must leave no one behind.
Water for all refugees
For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.
Water for all students
1 in 4 primary schools worldwide have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
Water for all workers
Access to safe water in workplaces helps save lives and increase productivity.
Water for all rural people
Globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas.
Water for all women
Females are responsible for water collection in 80% of households with water off-premises.
Water for all older people
Apart from Africa, by 2050, every region in the world will have nearly a quarter or more of their population at age 60 and above.
Water for all disabled people
Many people with disabilities face difficulties in accessing water points.
Water for all LGBTQI+
All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Water for all mothers
Over 800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
Water for all citizens
By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in towns and cities.
Water for all babies
More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.
Water for all indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples across the world consistently lag behind on wellbeing indicators such as access to water supply.
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