Nine journalists were named today as winners of the WASH Media Awards competition for their excellence in reporting on water, sanitation and hygiene-related issues.
The journalists, and their winning entries are:
Today, the winners received their awards during a ceremony at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. During the World Water Week, the journalists participated in sessions together with leading water, sanitation, environment and development experts. The bi-annual WASH Media Awards competition is sponsored by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
More than 180 entries from 40 countries were evaluated by a jury chaired by Ms. Rose George, noted journalist and author of the well-received book The Big Necessity; Adventures in the World of Human Waste, UK. The jury lauded the entries for their journalistic excellence, freshness of style, sense of humour, investigative ability, and originality.The print, radio and TV journalists on the jury included Mr. Alister Doyle, Reuters News, UK; Mr. Jean Claude Napani, Radio Sawtu Linjiila, Cameroon; Mr. Fabrice Delaye, Bilan Magazine, Switzerland; Ms. María Sáinz García, El Mundo, Spain; Ms. Maria Teresa Ronderos, La Semana, Columbia; Mr. Gunnel Bergstrom, journalist, Sweden; Mr. Sergueï Mokrynin, Stan TV, Kyrgyzstan; and Ms. Càtia Toffoletto, Radio Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Media in general and journalists in particular are key partners for sanitation, hygiene and water sector professionals in their awareness raising, advocacy and behaviour change work. Journalists play a central role in the highlighting of water and gender related issues and positioning of women as environmental leaders. They greatly contribute to bringing in the spotlight the too often neglected issues of the necessity of toilets and hand washing for a dignified, safe and healthy life for billions of people.
The WASH Media Awards competition encourages journalists to take on the challenge of getting the sanitation story in the times of floods, or travelling in dangerous and filthy environments, to highlight a major water pollution scandal. Journalists give the microphone to the people whose health, livelihoods, jobs, education and children are immensely impacted by the lack of proper sanitation, drinking water and hygiene. The eyes of these women, men and children must be seen on TV and their voices heard for the communities to care and the decision-makers at all levels to act. Journalists need the support of their editors to allow for this to happen. The WASH Media Awards, organized by two leading sector organizations, take a clear stand that it is not only necessary, but vital.
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) Presented by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), State of Qatar (Qatar Fund for Development), Global Citizen, and Education Cannot Wait, this side event focused on sanitation as a key determinant of health and education. Panelists shared examples […]
(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) This side event convened to launch and discuss the findings of a global review on the effectiveness of national accountability mechanisms on progress towards the water and sanitation targets of SDG 6. The report is available online […]
On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event […]
Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of the UN-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), will speak to policy- and decision-makers in New York on Thursday, 12 July 2018, about the high returns that sanitation and hygiene […]