Feature stories


Kenya’s informal settlements need safe water to survive COVID-19
Kenya’s informal settlements need safe water to survive COVID-19
Handwashing is a key measure to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, for people living in informal settlements in urban centres in Kenya, access to safe and affordable water remains a daily challenge
6 April 2020
Public spaces and workplaces left behind in the right to water and sanitation
Public spaces and workplaces left behind in the right to water and sanitation
While many States have made progress in increasing access to water and sanitation in households, it is often the people who rely on services in public spaces and workplaces who are being left behind.
14 October 2019
Breaking taboos to better human rights
Breaking taboos to better human rights
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba is a human rights defender and leads an NGO called Local Solutions, which provides sanitation solutions for local communities in Mongolia. Her aim, to stop toilet from being a dirty word in Mongolia.
22 March 2019
A source of life – or a cause for conflict: water is a human right
A source of life – or a cause for conflict: water is a human right
Surely no development priority speaks more directly to fundamental human dignity than the availability of safe drinking water
19 March 2019
"Anyone can use their voice. Believe in yourself."
"Anyone can use their voice. Believe in yourself."
At 14 years old, water rights activist Autumn Peltier, of the Wikwemikong First Nations community in Ontario, Canada, says helping the environment is something anyone can do at any age. Her activism has earned her a nomination for the 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize.
22 January 2019
Sanitation acknowledged as human right
Sanitation acknowledged as human right
More than 2.5 billion still lack access to adequate sanitation, leaving them vulnerable to a variety of challenges. Sanitation is now being recognized as a distinct human right.
30 December 2015
Every woman’s right to water, sanitation and hygiene
Every woman’s right to water, sanitation and hygiene
Human rights and health experts held an interactive dialogue on women’s advances in securing their rights and dignity in topics related to water, sanitation, and hygiene during a special event at the United Nations in Geneva.
14 March 2014