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20100302 Equity and Inclusion A Rights Based Approach WaterAid


20100302 Equity and Inclusion A Rights Based Approach WaterAid



WaterAid believes that access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation
(WASH) is a human right. These essential services underpin human development
and transform lives, enabling people to overcome poverty. WaterAid’s entry point
is one of anti-poverty. We believe that poverty, marginalisation, and social exclusion
are inextricably linked.
In order to realise our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe water
and sanitation, WaterAid is committed to working with its partners to reach those
without access to WASH. This includes the poorest and most marginalised who will
remain unserved even when the MDGs are met. This means WaterAid must address
exclusion from WASH as it relates to wider inequalities in power relations and in
control over water and other resources within the family, community and at
institutional levels.
Those who are likely to be particularly disadvantaged include women, children,
people with disabilities, older people, people living with chronic illness including
HIV/AIDS, people belonging to specific castes, religions, ethnic groups, indigenous
groups, and people living in remote or peripheral areas. Other socially excluded
groups include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, displaced
people, travellers, pastoralists, illegal settlers or people working in particular
occupations, such as manual scavengers. Accordingly, WaterAid aims to highlight
at every opportunity the continuing inequalities within WASH service provision
and to contribute to the significant reduction of these inequalities.