Jacqueline Wilson and Jodie Whittaker join WaterAid to help bust period taboos as new sex education guidance comes into effect

WaterAid has launched a campaign to get young people talking about periods, after finding that a shocking two-thirds of girls and young women aged 14 to 21 knew very little or nothing at all about periods before their own periods started, while 34% of boys and young men admit they are very much in the dark on the subject. The international charity has teamed up with Jaqueline Wilson and Jodie Whittaker, launching a new animation, written by Wilson, to get children, teachers and parents having more open conversations about periods…

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COVID-19 set to take $400 billion from global battle against poverty by 2021

Developing countries will have at least $400 billion less to spend on sustainable development including access to safe water, healthcare and education during this year and next due to the impact of COVID-19, according to a new report from End Water Poverty and WaterAid.    With less than a decade to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to eradicate extreme poverty, progress will stall – and in many cases reverse – when faced with the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate change, unless urgent action is taken.   Domestic resources…

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HEINEKEN Africa Foundation teams up with WaterAid to help communities protect themselves in fight against COVID-19

HEINEKEN Africa Foundation is donating more than £1 million (€1.2 million) to WaterAid to support the international charity’s emergency response to COVID-19 in Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, and Mozambique.   The work will provide much needed handwashing facilities in busy public spaces as well as water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in isolation centres, schools, and healthcare centres. Through the partnership, they will also roll out large-scale hygiene campaigns to help vulnerable communities protect themselves against COVID-19. Together they hope to reach millions of people across the four countries with lifesaving hygiene…

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Inspiring art from around the world highlights importance of water and hygiene in fight against Covid-19

Artists Grayson Perry and Jean Jullien, photographer Aida Muluneh, and actor Russell Tovey are inviting the public to vote for one of 12 striking pieces of artwork as part of WaterAid’s campaign, Art of Change, which calls for clean water and hygiene for all to help fight the spread of Covid-19. Artists from across 44 countries tapped into their creativity to produce pieces linked to the theme of water and health to help WaterAid drive change and transform lives. The all-star panel of judges have chosen their favourite 12, shortlisted…

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Photographers explore 10 years of the human right to water and sanitation in striking WaterAid gallery

WaterAid has commissioned 10 visual artists from across the Global South to interpret the far-reaching impact access to clean water and decent sanitation has on people’s lives and the role these vital basics play in the realisation of other human rights. The thought-provoking collection was released on 28 July 2020 to mark 10 years since water and sanitation were recognised by the United Nations General Assembly as vital human rights, which should be afforded to every person. Over the last 10 years, millions have gained access to clean water and…

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