This Human Rights Day, ask your question on the human rights to water and sanitation

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This Human Rights Day, ask your question on the human rights to water and sanitation

Dear colleagues,
 
This is to let you know about an opportunity to ask your questions about the human rights to water and sanitation – and have them answered by experts in international human rights law. To take part, simply click on the link below and let us know which questions are important to you. You can also add your own questions. And remember: There are no stupid question!
 
https://www.cognitoforms.com/WASHUnited1/MakeRightsReal
 
Further guidance
The human rights to water and sanitation are guaranteed in international human rights law, and often also in constitutions, national laws or other legal and policy documents. One way or another, all countries in the world have committed to the human rights to water and sanitation. But as we all know, the realisation of these rights – adequate water and sanitation services for all – happens at the local level, where local government institutions are responsible.
 
Many civil society organisations already use human rights to motivate officials, to demand more action or to push for change. But there are also still many questions, myths and misunderstandings about using human rights in practice. For Human Rights Day this year, we want to collect and answer some of the most important questions on the topic, so that people working in civil society organisations can become more confident to use human rights in their work.
 
Taking part only takes a few minutes!
https://www.cognitoforms.com/WASHUnited1/MakeRightsReal
 
What will happen next?
Make Rights Real will discuss and answer your questions on two occasions:
  • On Human Rights Day (10 December), we will share answers to the most common questions on Twitter and Facebook and encourage you to do the same. Watch out for Make Rights Real on Twitter and Facebook . Don’t be shy to ask more question on the day too!
  • On 17 December, we will discuss and answer the most common questions in more detail in a Make Rights Real talk with legal experts. Watch out for the announcement of the talk! If you can’t join live, a recording will be available as a podcast.
What is Make Rights Real?
Make Rights Real is an initiative dedicated to advancing the use of human rights in practice in the WASH sector at local level. We want to show how the human rights to water and sanitation can be used by civil society organisations at local level, so that government institutions take more and better action to realise services for all. Find out more here: www.make-rights-real.org
 
We look forward to your questions!
 
Best wishes
Hannah 
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Re: This Human Rights Day, ask your question on the human rights to water and sanitation

Dear colleagues, 

- What value do the human rights to water and sanitation have when the government in my area has no or very little financial resources to create and maintain services?
- How does the system applied to ensure the human rights to water and sanitation flow down to local government institutions?
- Can the human rights to water and sanitation be associated culturally with local traditions and customs of the target communities?

These are some of the questions from practitioners that we discussed in the #MRRtalk with Mohamad Mova Al'Afghani. You can listen to the half-hour recording here:  human-rights-to-water-and-sanitation.org/mrrtalk/  

Best wishes
Hannah
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