World Water Day
To celebrate this day, our NGO Mining Working Group joined others to co-sponsor a side event on 22nd March, entitled Women, Water and Wellbeing. The event honored Ambassador Caleb Otto (Mission of Palau to the UN) for his ongoing commitment to champion the Human Right to Water and Sanitation, it recognized the role women play defending land and water globally, and it honored Berta Cáceres. Ambassador Otto reminded us that access to clean water is essential to the empowerment of women; Emem Okon (WoMin) described the impacts of pollution caused by extractive industries on the health, socio-economic rights and power of women in the Niger Delta; Meera Karananthan from Blue Planet Project (and UNANIMA’s 2016 Woman of Courage recipient) discussed how the privatization of water and sanitation services adversely affects poor women: Mark Gruin, from the International Orthodox Christian Charities told about their water partnership with grassroots people in Tanzania; and Christina Peppard of Fordham University discussed the importance of the Human Right to Water and Sanitation to counter water commodification and as a catalyst for action and accountability. Pictured are Aine O’Conner RSM with the speakers.
–Contributed by Celia Martin NDS