Glastonbury celebrities turn out in support of WaterAid’s ChangeTheRecord campaign

The Kaiser Chiefs, Paolo Nutini, Bombay Bicycle Club, John Newman, Sophie Ellis-Bextor , Lianne La Havas, Cerys Matthews and Clean Bandit all showed their support for WaterAid’s Change The Record campaign at Glastonbury this weekend.

As one of Glastonbury Festival’s official “worthy causes”, WaterAid has launched its campaign to help transform the lives of women and girls around the world by calling for access to safe, clean water and toilets for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

Hasina, 14, Rakhi Mandi, Kanpur, India: “I will feel safe if a toilet is constructed here.” WaterAid/Poulomi Basu

For the millions of girls around the world who are living without access to toilets and taps, day to day life is like a broken record — waking up very early every day to collect water and not having anywhere safe to go to the toilet means this most basic of human needs becomes a dangerous battle.

Kalkidan Asnake, 13, Maygema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: ‘If I want to use a toilet, I have to pay for it.” WaterAid/ Nyani Quarmyne/ Panos

Life without access to clean water and toilets is tough for everybody, but the consequences of not having these basic services affect women and girls the most. On average, women and girls in the developing world walk 10 kilometres each day to get clean water; and they often carry water containers weighing more than 20kg. That’s the same as walking twice around the perimeter of the Glastonbury Festival site lugging the same weight as the UK airport luggage allowance.

Nice Timah, 13, pictured on the Volta River near her home in the village of Tenya in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana: “Clean water will save me from diarrhoea.” WaterAid/ Nyani Quarmyne/ Panos

Women and girls are also left vulnerable to violence and sexual assault when going to the toilet in the open. Whole generations of girls are living without dignity, and are missing out on an education, a job, a career and a livelihood simply because of a lack of these basic human rights.

Solo (full name Soloniaina Havatiana Rasoambola), 13, Ambohimahatsinjo, Antohobe, Vakinahartra, Madagascar: “Our [water] source is very far and I always fall down.’ WaterAid/ Panos/ Abbie Trayler-Smith

WaterAid’s mission is to make sure that water, sanitation and hygiene are prioritised as essential to human development. For the first time in history, a world where everyone, everywhere has drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is within reach.

Saholinirine Ernestine, 13, Miakadaza fokontany, Sabotsy Anjiro commune, Moramanga, Madagascar: “We fetch and drink unsafe water and it is very far.” WaterAid/ Panos/ Abbie Trayler-Smith

WaterAid unleashed an army of 200 volunteers at the event to urge festival-goers to lend their voice to the Change the Record petition, which will be handed to the UK Government this September ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. You can sign the petition online at

Leticia Ahianiadzor,19, pictured on a floating fish farm on the Volta River near her home in the small village of Tenya in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana: “My water is contaminated by fish farming.”

Sabina Lama, 18, Lamatole-4, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, Nepal: “I have to spend 2–3 hours a day walking to collect water as the water source is far [from my home].” WaterAid/ Western Daily Press/ Clare GreenWaterAid/ Nyani Quarmyne/ Panos

Amongst the celebrities adding their voices to the campaign arefestival headliners Metallica, who were amongst those joining the #changetherecord call to action on Twitter. Sophie Ellis Bextor, Lianne La Havas, the Kaiser Chiefs, Cerys Matthews and Paulo Nutini also had their photos taken in support of WaterAid’s campaign, whilst Bombay Bicycle Club worked a shift at one of WaterAid’s water kiosks on Saturday, serving up water to rain-soaked revellers:

Sign the petition online at www.wateraid.org/changetherecord

Celebrity photo credits: WaterAid/Ben Roberts

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