New International Campaign Coordinator
End Water Poverty welcomes a new staff member, Sarah Blakemore, as International Campaign Coordinator
A big welcome to Sarah!
17 February 2012
Sarah Blakemore joined End Water Poverty last week as our new International Campaign Coordinator, to temporarily replace Fleur Anderson from March until December whilst she takes up the role of Head of Campaigns at WaterAid.
Previously a Senior Campaigner at Save the Children and a Gender Advisor at Oxfam, Sarah comes to us with a wealth of advocacy experience!
We're delighted to have her join us and thought you might like to find out a bit more about her, so we asked a few questions on your behalf.
Welcome to End Water Poverty Sarah! What made you want to take the job as International Campaign Coordinator?
Having seen the success of EWP and the Sanitation and Water for All partnership in many countries, I was really inspired by the potential of the campaign to achieve even more. I hoped I could bring my experience of coalition campaigning in the health sector to help take on the challenges of campaigning on water and sanitation.
How do you feel End Water Poverty can help in tackling the water and sanitation crisis?
End Water Poverty brings together civil society in both the North and South to ramp up the pressure for change. By working together EWP has a real opportunity to influence decision makers to take action on the global water and sanitation crisis and put the MDGs on water and sanitation back on track.
What are the first projects you'll be working on?
I’m joining the campaign at a very exciting and busy time. I will be starting with the World Water Forum and working on plans for the High-Level Meeting in April. Afterwards I’m looking forward to developing our campaigns around health and finance.
Tell us three interesting things about yourself!
I did my first television interview for a campaign when I was only 9 years old! – it was part of a campaign to reduce the traffic around my primary school.
In recent years I’ve had a particular focus on maternal and child health campaigning, I am also passionate about issues around women and girls’ empowerment and so am very positive about how WASH advocacy and campaigning can deliver progress on both those issues.
What do you think are the major challenges facing End Water Poverty / the WASH advocacy and campaigning sector at the moment?
A big challenge is to continue to involve all members of End Water Poverty in leading the movement for change so our political influence can be enhanced through taking action together and enabling national actions to be influential internationally.
What are you looking forward to most about the job?
I’m looking forward to getting out there and meeting as many members as possible. End Water Poverty has delivered some fantastically inspiring campaigning so far and I’m very excited about the opportunity to be working on the next phase of work with the people that made that happen.