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A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).
When the women of a small slum in Hyderabad, southern India, found their only water supply polluted by sewage and then cut off, they stood together and fought for their rights. Their efforts, and those of other groups like them, are transforming the futures of slum communities across the city. Sharada Annamaraju, Content Officer at WaterAid India, explains how.