New data reveals over 200 million children don’t have a toilet at school – leaving girls no way of managing their period

Over 400 million children globally lack decent toilets at school according to brand new data from the World Health Organisation and UNICEF ’s Joint Monitoring Programme – this means either toilets don’t work, girls and boys are forced to share facilities – even when girls are on their periods – or there’s no toilet at all. Meanwhile just over half of this number, 220 million, don’t have a toilet at school at all. In Sub Saharan Africa alone, 50% of schools have inadequate toilets.  This is having a huge and…

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Glastonbury Festival teams up with WaterAid and Hey Girls to ensure a bloody good time and period dignity for all

A new WaterAid survey has found that 4 in 5 (86%) respondents have planned their activities around their period, while over a third (37%) say they wouldn’t feel comfortable having their period at an outdoor event. This survey comes as the international charity teams up with Glastonbury Festival and period product social enterprise Hey Girls to help people manage their period with dignity at the festival and around the world. The survey of 2,000 people who are menstruating or have menstruated in the last year found that nearly half (49%)…

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Without Regional Climate Weeks, COP conferences are not fit for purpose, warns WaterAid

If the world’s most vulnerable are not at the table, then UN climate talks are no longer fit for purpose, warns WaterAid.  Rrecently, the UNFCCC confirmed that this year’s Regional Climate Weeks will be cancelled until further notice, which WaterAid has criticised as ‘hugely disappointing’.  Regional Climate Weeks are a vital opportunity to bring a stronger regional voice to the international table in the lead up to COPs – those who are footing the bill on a crisis they have done the least to cause. Last year we saw four…

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Milestone Moment: Belu Water’s Contributions to WaterAid Surpass £5.8 Million

Belu, the social enterprise drinks company renowned for giving 100% of its net profits to WaterAid, reaffirms its commitment to transforming lives by announcing a further £368,038 donation to the charity in 2024. This contribution marks a significant milestone, bringing Belu’s total charitable contribution since 2011 to £5.8 million, impacting approximately 391,944 lives.  It is also an important trading milestone for Belu, the company is celebrating its best revenue year to date. Company accounts, filed on World Water Day Friday 22 March, report a turnover £8,747,327 in 2023 (2022: £7,086,640).…

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Stars support WaterAid campaign to highlight the 200 million hours women and girls lose walking for water daily

Former Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, actors Amanda Mealing, Dougray Scott and Ariyon Bakare, and presenter Tyler West are leading WaterAid’s thought-provoking Extra Time campaign to highlight the time millions of women and girls lose to water collection and the powerful difference clean water can make. Almost one in ten people around the world do not have clean water close to home, with women and girls shouldering the burden of water collection, often walking up to three hours or more every day. Globally, a staggering 200 million hours are lost by women…

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