What is #ClaimYourWaterRights?

#ClaimYourWaterRights is a mass mobilization campaign that aims to awaken people to the injustice of their situation and spur them to claim their human rights to safe water and sanitation.

The campaign was initiated by End Water Poverty coalition and implemented by coalition members in different regions of the world. In Nigeria, Hope Spring Water Charity Foundation was nominated to champion the campaign.

Why human rights? Human rights are the best legal protection we have. As duty-bearers, governments and contracted private companies are obliged to fulfil people’s human rights. As rights-holders, people have the power to challenge the denial of these rights.

Why now? We have just ten years to achieve universal access to water and sanitation (SDG 6). We have no time for false promises. We need urgent financing and delivery of services. Around 2.2 billion people lack safe water while 4.5 billion people do not have safe toilets. This is not an inconvenience; it is a grotesque injustice.

Overall Goal

To alleviate water poverty and empower citizens (mainly young people and marginalized groups) to claim their human rights to safe water and sanitation

What we hope to achieve

Increased citizen recognition and demand of their human rights to safe water and sanitation

Increased clean water supply in target cities

How do we achieve the campaign goal

The goal of the campaign will be achieved through the following key activities:

  • Engagements with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on human rights to water and sanitation
  • Citizens engagements and sensitization to understand the process of filing complaints to NHRC
  • Engagements with state and federal government officials to commit them to enshrine human rights to safe water and sanitation in States and National Water Resources bill, respectively
  • Engagements with state water utility providers
  • Mass rally and media features with reference to human rights to water and sanitation.
How do we measure our progress?

To measure our progress, we will be tracking the following:

  • Engagement meetings held with NHRC on human rights to water and sanitation
  • Human rights workshop and complaints on human rights to water and sanitation filed by citizens to NHRC
  • Commitments by state and federal governments to enshrine human rights to water and sanitation in the National Water Resources bill.
  • Media hits and features with reference to human rights to water and sanitation
  • Water schemes rehabilitated or installed as a result of the campaign
Target States and Cities

Hope Spring will be carrying out this campaign in the following states of Nigeria:

  • Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
  • Enugu (Enugu metropolis)
  • Ogun (Abeokuta, Ijebu ode)
Keep track of Success Stories from the Campaign

Hope Spring will be carrying out this campaign in the following states of Nigeria:

  • Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
  • Enugu (Enugu metropolis)
  • Ogun (Abeokuta, Ijebu ode)