#WaterIs a family affair: Access and usage across continents

For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2015, 663 million people were using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo’s Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use. Using a selection of those portraits, I wrote a photo essay, published on UNICEF’s Medium account, that raised awareness of differences in water access and usage across continents. Among assets created for and shared during World Water Week 2015, the essay was featured in the July/August 2015 edition of the Division of Communication’s “Things We Can All Learn From” newsletter of the top thirteen examples of communications work produced by staff around the world.

The essay was viewed over 63,000 times on Medium, a record for UNICEF on that platform, where it was also translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

Screenshot of "#WaterIs a family affair: Access and jusage across continents" photography essay written by Kristin Taylor for UNICEF

The essay was also shared on UNICEF’s global Twitter account:

And it was shared twice on UNICEF’s global Facebook account:

Screenshot of "#WaterIs a family affair: Access and jusage across continents" photography essay written by Kristin Taylor for UNICEF, shared on global UNICEF Facebook pageScreenshot of "#WaterIs a family affair: Access and jusage across continents" photography essay written by Kristin Taylor for UNICEF, shared on global UNICEF Facebook page

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