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Disability Day 2016

3 December 2016

About Disability Day

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated each year on 3 December. The UN’s chosen theme for this year’s International Day is 'Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want'. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. This year’s Disability Day coincides with the ten-year anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the UN to date. Read more on the UN website here.

WaterAid and inequalities

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are internationally recognised as human rights. We believe no-one should be living without these basic services. WaterAid embraces the principles of equality and non-discrimination to ensure universal access to water and sanitation for all.

Poverty and social exclusion are closely linked. The poorest people are often the most socially excluded and are rarely consulted or involved in decisions about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) policy and programmes. The situation is often made worse by discrimination, stigma and existing inequalities that occur at all levels. People with disabilities are often among those who cannot access WASH services, particularly when they are also poor, female or living in remote or poorly served areas.

Tackling and challenging inequalities is a core part of our Global Strategy to reach everyone everywhere with WASH by 2030. This Disability Day, we are calling on governments across the world to: 

  1. Make services accessible 
  2. End discrimination 
  3. Be inclusive.

A wheelchair outside a toilet. How do you campaign for accessible public toilets?
5 Sep 2016 | Rémi Kaupp and Jane Wilbur

How can we ensure there are enough public toilets for people with disabilities? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, share insights from the around the world.


A still from the Count Me In films.

Count Me In: partnering with the arts to get the message out about inclusive WASH
15 July 2016 | James Wicken

As WaterAid releases a new set of films on inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Cambodia, James Wicken, Country Director of WaterAid Cambodia, looks at how – by asking ourselves the question, ‘How do you make yet another set of national guidelines interesting?’ – we’ve ended up with a rewarding partnership full of energy and potential.