Overcoming Water Inequality: Voices of Inspiration from the Ground Up

13:40 - 15:00
Room 202, Shaw Centre

Lightning talks will be presented by activists from Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Nigeria fighting for clean water in vulnerable under-represented communities. Speakers will share their experiences fighting to protect local waters sources from fracking in Mexico, mining pollution in Brazil , lack of basic water and sanitation in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and the struggle for sovereignty over water resources in British Colombia, Canada. Participants will share how their voices have been excluded in decision-making related to water in their communities;appropriate processes for acknowledging and recording discriminatory practices that are longstanding and what they have done to change this dynamic through crisis’s or opportunities. Organizers will capture this knowledge and discuss with the audience how to address all the dimensions of marginality, quality, availability, accessibility and affordability to give more voice and power to groups and individuals who are vulnerable which will be developed into Guidance for Governments by the OGP Community of Practice on water and open government.

Theme: Inclusion

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: World Resources Institute (WRI), Fundación Avina, Water Integrity Network (WIN), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Lightning Talks

Speakers

Maria Juliaminas: Coordinator Communities, Advocacy, Brazil, Okoro Onyekachi Emmanuel: Project Coordinator, Media Awareness and Justice Initiative, Nigeria, Andrew Robinson Laxgalts'ap Village Government: British Colombia, Canada

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