According to the organisation Water Aid India, 1in 10 people in India do not have access to a safe source of drinking water. A report that they recently released, ‘On the Frontline: The state of the world’s water 2020’, states that 7% of the population of the country are without even a basic water supply close to home. Another report, by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (2019), states that 40% of the population in India do not have basic handwashing facilities at home.
Water is also at the heart of the climate change emergency, with increase in sea surface temperatures, increase in rainfall intensity, rising sea levels thus leading to insecurity and uncertainty over water access and the vulnerability of communities to climate disasters such as cyclones, floods and droughts. Amidst the ongoing pandemic and the climate emergency, it is once again clear that communities from lower caste and class backgrounds, women and migrants and refugees are disproportionately impacted by water insecurity and the impacts of climate change on water.
At our event, we seek to centre the conversation on the inequality in the accessibility, quality and affordability of water and the way forward to ensure water security and mitigation of water related impact of climate change for the most vulnerable communities.
This event will be an online event. Stay tuned for more details!