Without all the comforts of home, festivalgoers could start to understand what it is like for the 748 million people living without clean water and the 2.5 billion people with nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Life without these basic services is hard for everyone, but the consequences affect women and girls the most.
WaterAid volunteers handed out drinking water to festivalgoers, collected rubbish for recycling and manned the She Pee tents and the African pit latrines – the quickest and most hygienic places to go to the toilet on-site. Sue worked on the WaterAid stand alongside an army of 200 dedicated WaterAid volunteers.
Each WaterAid volunteer worked shifts of four to six hours a day – the same amount of time many women and girls in the developing world spend collecting water, which leaves little time for education. Young women often drop out of school altogether when they hit puberty if there is nowhere private to go to the loo. With no choice but to go in the open air, millions of women and girls face an increased risk of assault, sexual harassment and animal attacks.
WaterAid hoped to get 35,000 signatures at Glastonbury for its Change the Record petition, which calls on governments to making water and sanitation a priority when they meet at the United Nations this September and to transform the lives of women and girls. The results are now in and WaterAid has revealed that a total of 38,125 signatures were received over the course of Glastonbury, well above target and the highest number ever reached at the festival. Sue’s team, ‘Team Ethiopia’ also came top for the number of signatures gathered over the weekend with almost 10% of the total at 3,489 signatures.
Sue said, “I was really proud to be selected to represent WaterAid at Glastonbury. Access to safe water and improved sanitation really can transform lives. This was a great opportunity to get fellow festivalgoers thinking about the realities of life without safe water and toilets, and to help engage thousands of people in a cause I feel passionately about.”
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Sue and the winning ‘Team Ethiopia’