“The water and sanitation crisis is so big that we need to go beyond policy advocacy to bring in the support of Journalists for media advocacy.
We need to hear the voices of the poor, we need strong citizens that demand the rights of the people and call duty bearers to provide the rights of the people. Journalists are best suited to ensure this.
It is unacceptable that children are dying because of lack of access of drinking water, it is unacceptable in the 21st century that women are bearing the burden of fetching water, wasting time they could have spent on other productive activities because of lack of water.”
Mariam Dem, Head of Region, WaterAid in West Africa Region at the opening of a three day meeting of West African Water and Sanitation Journalists www.wash-jn.net in Dakar, Senegal this morning.