Walk for Human Rights, 
Walk for Water
Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries embark on long journeys in search for water for their households. The water collected is of poor quality, exposing the women and their huseholds to water related illnesses. Furthermore, due to  inadequate storage mechanisms, the water is exposed to mosquito larvae, further increasing their exposure to malaria and other water-borne diseases.

Time spent collecting water, is time lost. Most children miss out on the opportunity to be children, and women miss out on the opportunity to find find jobs.  

Help us, help them, Join the Human Rights Walk for Water.

In an effort to aleviate water poverty, we request that you take the time to join our Human Rights Walk for Water. 

To commemorate World Water Day and South Africa's Human Rights Day, we hereby invite you to join our Human Rights Walk for Water on the 21st of March 2017.


This is no ordinary walk...........................


To take part in this walk, participants will need to bring with them a SEALED 5L bottle of water to donate at the end of the walk.

The walk is open to all ages and all fitness levels, and you are more than welcome to bring two or more 5L bottles (SEALED) of water, the catch is that you have to carry your own water till the end of walk.

The goal is to cover the distance walking with your water, you can use a wheelbarrow to carry your load, or even attempt carrying the water on your head, you can carry it on your back, pull it, push it, or even roll it, what ever you do, just get your load to the finish line.


The Human Right to Water

Although water is fundamental for all life, over 800 million people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water.  
 
Water is, and has always been a precious but scarce commodity. It is one of the most vital natural resources for all life on earth. Even though there always has been plenty of water on earth, water has not always been available when and where it is needed, nor is it always of suitable quality for all uses.

Thus its availability and quality has always played an important part in determining not only where people can live, but  also their quality of life.

An adequate supply of safe potable water is essential in eliminating water related poverty, and preventing unnecessary and preventable deaths of mostly young children and the elderly who die from water related illnesses.



Water as a Human Right,
what does this mean?

With global water shortages, coupled with poor water quality, and exacerbated  by population growths, economic development and the inevitable impacts of climate change, water resources must be protected and utilised in a sustainble manner.

Thus, although a basic need for human consumption, the human right to water does not require that the resource be provided for free. 

To realise the human right to water, water must be:
  • Available at all times; (Duration and qualtity)
  • Accessible to all at all times; (Distance, duration, pressure)
  • Acceptable quality; (Safe for all domestic purposes)
  • Affordable for all (rich and poor); and 
  • Without discrimination (available to all, young and old, rural and urban settlements)

These factors are interrelated, meaning that having a tap that has running water available at all times, but is inaccessible (the tap is locked) serves no purpose to anyone. 

 
In addition to upholding human rights, having access to safe and reliable source of potable water is vital to living a life in dignity.

  • Safe access to water improves sanitation.
  • Safe access to water ensures the protection of women and children who face the risk of sexual assault when embarking on long  journeys in search for water sources.
  • Affordable water improves quality of life
  • Accessible and available water sources ensures food security
  • Accessible and reliable source of water reduces the time spent in search of water. 


Securing water, Securing Life