Today, March 22, 2019 is ‘World Water Day’; and it is a special day set aside to acknowledge the role water plays to humanity, globally.

The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving No One Behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

People are left behind without safe water for many different reasons. The following are some of the ‘grounds for discrimination’ that cause certain people to be particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing water.

Other factors, such as environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, conflict, forced displacement and migration flows can also disproportionately affect marginalized groups through impacts on water.

To ‘leave no one behind’, collective efforts must be made by everyone to reach people who have been marginalized or ignored.

Water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes.

Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognise the right to water for everyone, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.

Source: United Nations