International Day of Action for Rivers 2019


The 22nd annual International Day of Action for Rivers will take place on March 14. Join us to celebrate our life-giving waters, and honor all those who have worked hard to ensure that our rivers continue flowing! 

The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that our rivers matter. That communities having access to clean and flowing water matters. That everyone should have a say in decisions that affect their water and their lives. That it's our time to stand up for these rights, now more than ever. 

This year's Day of Action for Rivers theme is in celebration of the role of women in protecting and managing our rivers. Women are often the primary users of water in their households and communities. Tasked with securing, maintaining, and using water resources in agriculture, fisheries, forest and land management, women sustain life through their relationships to water. Despite this, women are far less represented in decisions about how water and rivers are managed and developed. Deep inequalities persist, with men holding a majority of the decision making power and influence. International Rivers is working to ignite and promote a global movement of women water leaders. This movement will come together for the first time at the Women and Rivers Congress, on March 6th - 10th. We welcome all actions that join us in recognizing and celebrating the role of women in sustaining our waters and life!  

How to join:

  • Planning an action? Register it here. After it's approved, it will appear on our Actions Map.
  • Use the Day of Action logos posted at the bottom of this page, or create your own art for your action!
  • Post questions, updates, and calls to action on the Day of Action for Rivers Facebook page. Share the page with your friends.
  • Sign up to receive Day of Action for Rivers email updates.
  • Download Day of Action logos for your event below
  • Report back! Send photos and descriptions of your actions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

History of the International Day of Action for Rivers

The International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was adopted by the participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil. Representatives from 20 countries decided that the International Day of Action would take place on March 14 - Brazil's Day of Action Against Large Dams. Our aim on this International Day of Action for Rivers, is to raise our voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of our watersheds, and demand the equitable and sustainable management of our rivers. Read our International Day of Action for Rivers blog to learn more! 

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