Event: A matter of birth, life and death


29 May 2015

On Thursday 4 June 2015, WaterAid will be hosting a session at European Development Days in cooperation with Christian Aid, the European Women’s Lobby, Unilever and the Embassy of Bangladesh.

The session, ‘A matter of birth, life and death: walking in the shoes of women and girls without access to water, sanitation and hygiene’, will take place in Room D1 on Thursday 4 June, 14:15 PM – 15:30 PM.

Catarina Muririma (right) with her grandaughters Lucrecia Joaquim (11, centre) and Ruth Feliz (9, left) on their way back from collecting dirty water from the source near the village of Cuvir Rainha, Niassa, Mozambique, July 2014.
Photo: WaterAid/ Panos/ Adam Patterson

This will be a ‘non-traditional’ panel session exploring the interrelationship between gender rights and water, sanitation and hygiene.

During this lab debate, participants will go on a 15-year journey in the fictional country of the ABC Republic as it tries to reach the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Water and Sanitation by 2030.

Speaking on the panel will be:

  • Ambassador Ismat Jahan of Bangladesh and Member of UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • Carolyn Jones, Global Expertise & Authority Manager, Unilever
  • Chiara Capraro, Gender Policy Advisor, Christian Aid
  • Dr Edith Schratzberger-Vécsei, Vice-President, European Women's Lobby, Medical Women’s International Association
  • Jane Wilbur, Equity, Inclusion & Rights Advisor, WaterAid

Pre-registration for European Development Days is required but the event itself is open to everyone.

More information on the session.

Read about the European Toilet Declaration and European Development Commissioner Neven Mimica’s pledge to ‘do his part’ to tackle the sanitation crisis.

Read more about WaterAid’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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