The theme of International Women's Day 2017 (8 March) is to celebrate women’s achievements and to help forge a better working world – a more inclusive, gender equal world.
In many countries, girls and women are responsible for fetching water for their families. They walk for miles, carry heavy buckets and may have to queue for hours. The work is back-breaking and time-consuming. Often the water is contaminated and unsafe to drink, even deadly.
By Davy Yan, RBWM representative, HSBC China
I was born in Shanghai, where Yangtze River passes through, before reaching the East China Sea. Since primary school, we have learned to treat Yangtze as our "Mother River" and be proud of many gifts it brings to us. We drink its fresh water, build largest inner river port on it, consume fish cultivated from its water system, and more recently utilize the electricity power generated from the Three Gorges Dam
Por Tania Ramirez, ganadora del programa por el agua de HSBC
Durante estos días de visita en China, he podido constatar una vez más, que el desarrollo sustentable no interfiere con la preservación de nuestra historia y tradiciones milenarias; antes bien con base en el trabajo y engagement de la comunidad, organizaciones preocupadas por el medio ambiente, empresarios y el gobierno es posible realizar las mismas tareas con un nuevo enfoque, respetando las tradiciones y la cultura sin dejar de lado El Progreso.
By Tania Ramirez, HSBC Water Programme Award Winner, Mexico.
During my visit to China, I have confirmed my belief that when governments, companies, environmental organisations, and local communities work together, it is possible to find solutions that are compatible with a country's tradition and culture whilst not preventing development.
By Dean Bruce, HSBC Water Programme Award Winner, Canada
Back home in Vancouver, I too often focus on the problem and how to solve it. My experience in China so far has taught me to focus on the progress instead. It would be easy to highlight my frustration with it being simpler to obtain WiFi and tobacco than to get drinkable water from a tap, or that buildings seem to be developed at the same rate at which they are deteriorating; however, that wouldn't be representative of the inspiring work I've witnessed in the past few days.
By Yudhi Sutrisna, HSBC Water Programe Award Winner, Indonesia
China is the world leader in freshwater aquaculture production, the sector is not only important for the country's economy, employment and food security, but also has a big impact on the environment.
Some of the sector's practices have been identified as contributing to pollution in the Yangtze River and may, therefore, threaten the Yangtze basin's ecology.
By Sunil Kumar, HSBC Water Programme Award winner, India
Even as I was flying in to Wuhan yesterday, I was looking forward to listening and understanding about the partnership between HSBC and WWF to conserve the Yangtze. In my mind, there were so many questions on what issues were being addressed through the Yangtze Project, something that HSBC & WWF have been associated with for over 15 years now. A journey that, I was told, started very much from the city of Wuhan.
The four winners of the HSBC Water Programme Awards 2016 arrived in Wuhan, China on Sunday 12 February to start their week long visit to see WWF's work on the Yangtze. The winners here to enjoy their prize trip are Tania Ramirez, Mexico, Dean Bruce, Canada, (Global Citizen Science Leaders of the Year) Sunil Kumar, India, (Global Champion of the Year) and Yudhi Sutrisna, Indonesia, (Overall Photography winner).
HSBC employees from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man joined the ranks of Citizen Science Leaders with a Water Programme training day in Jersey.
FreshWater Watch citizen scientists from across the globe have combined to create a video showing how much they love being part of the global project.
Gemma Baldwin, Earthwatch’s FreshWater Watch Programme Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, describes her experiences demonstrating our scientific methods to Swedish school-children.
The partners in the HSBC Water Programme have launched a report to highlight the impact of the programme since its launch in 2012.
We began preparing for this almost a year ago; deciding what we wanted to present; submitting our plans; waiting for acceptance; deciding whether to have a stand and who from our team would go. Finally it’s here! World Water Week 2015 in Stockholm, a huge conference and key event in the Water calendar.
Freshwater wetlands are one of the most important natural resources in the world. A number of major wetland restoration projects are taking place across the UK.
WaterAid and the Orangi Pilot Project are improving urban sanitation and underground sewage systems in Pakistan with the support of the HSBC Water Programme.
Water Stories, a photographic exhibition highlighting the global water crisis, will open in London to coincide with UN World Water Day, 22 March 2016.
HSBC NOW and WaterAid have received two leading awards at the Tve Global Sustainability Film Awards in London.
In November 2015, a team from HSBC Malta visited the Northern Region of Ghana to see WaterAid’s projects first-hand. Here, Astrid Micallef Saliba writes on behalf of the team.
World Toilet Day 2015: Achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development will require a top down and bottom up approach.
In September 2013, documentary photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz visited Pakistan with WaterAid to document the issue of water scarcity as part of his long-term project, ‘Water’. Nearly two years on, Ayesha Javed, Communications Officer at WaterAid Pakistan, writes about the village where one of his most striking images was taken, and what happened next.
Another successful World Water Week draws to a close today but the Water Stories photographic exhibition will continue to wow the crowds in Stockholm over the bank holiday weekend.
HSBC, WWF, EarthWatch and WaterAid recently visited the UK’s River Itchen for a visit led by WWF’s freshwater experts.
HSBC’s global charity partners, together with photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz, have documented images and stories highlighting the global water crisis. They now feature in Stockholm, the first exhibition as part of an international tour.
On Sunday, a team of cyclists from HSBC took on a 100 mile cycle challenge through the Surrey Hills and into the City of London to support WWF, one of HSBC’s global charity partners.