WaterAid launches Change the Record campaign to transform girls’ lives

Clean water and decent toilets can change the lives of those most affected by a lack of access: girls.


12 Jun 2014 | UK

This summer, our Change the Record campaign aims to transform the lives of girls around the world, by providing access to taps and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

The campaign was officially launched today by Glastonbury festival organisers Michael and Emily Eavis.

WaterAid is one of the festival’s official worthy causes, and our 200 volunteers will be asking festival goers to sign our Change the Record petition at this year's event, as well as getting involved in a whole host of other activities.

"Glastonbury festival is a time when people find themselves a step closer to the issues facing all the millions of people without access to safe water and toilets," says Michael. "Music can have such a positive impact around the world, so sign up to WaterAid’s petition and change the record this summer."

Girls were born for more than this

Two girls carry water cans on their heads
Best friends Solo and Ze carry jerry cans of dirty water in Madagascar.
Credit: WaterAid/ Abbie Trayler-Smith

Clean water and decent toilets can improve the lives of whole communities in the developing world, but nobody feels the benefit more than girls.

They often shoulder the responsibility of collecting water for their families, walking an average of 10km a day and carrying water containers weighing more than 20kg – the equivalent of their own body weight for some young girls.

And while the time spent collecting water costs thousands of girls their education, the dangers associated with going to the toilet in the open also leave them vulnerable to animal attacks, violence and sexual assault.

That's why this summer, we're asking everyone to sign our petition and join the conversation at #ChangetheRecord.

The petition will be handed to world leaders at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September, to make sure they change the record for girls around the world – and prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene when they decide what will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Find out more about Change the Record at Glastonbury >