The CLTS Knowledge Hub is pleased to announce the launch of its new book Sustainable Sanitation for all: Experiences, challenges and innovations!
Women and gender
In this case study you can read about Daniel Ifegwu's work on breaking the silence around menstruation in Nigeria through his work in schools and adocacy and awareness raising among key stakeholder’s.
This study examines and analyses behaviours and practices for the management of menstrual hygiene and their impact on the living conditions of sedentary and nomadic women and girls in Niger. The study was carried out in the regions of Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Tillabéri under the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in West and Central Africa and implemented by WSSCC and UN Women. The findings of the study reveal various shortcomings, especially in rural areas and, more specifically, among nomadic populations.
La présente étude sur la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle (GHM) examine et analyse les comportements et les pratiques en matière de gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle et leur impact sur les conditions de vie des femmes et des filles sédentaires et nomades au Niger. L’étude été réalisée dans quatre régions du Niger: Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua, et Tillabéri. Elle s’inscrit dans le cadre du programme conjoint du Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement WSSCC et d’ONU Femmes « Genre, Hygiène et Assainissement » mené en Afrique de l’ouest et du centre.
The aim of this study was to understand rural women and girls' age-specific experiences of using and accessing sanitation. The study focussed on the accessibility of latrines and the conditions of sanitation experienced across age, religion, caste, etc. The study objectives were informed by research indicating that women and girls have unique needs, and that these needs vary between urban and rural environments (Sahoo et al. 2015; Simiyu 2015; O’Reilly 2015).
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 19th-century American author, is fondly remembered for stating that women are the real architects of society. I decided to put this saying to test by conducting a self-sponsored micro-poll in the Kiplombe ward, part of the Turbo Sub County – one of the 11 sub counties covered by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) – with variable X denoted as number of men involving themselves with upholding and improving communal sanitation standards and variable Y representing the number of women passionate about matters sanitation and hygiene. The results?
This policy brief summarises previous research on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and highlights the Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) Consortium’s contribution to this important topic. It then defines knowledge gaps which still exist and sets out clear recommendations for improving policy and programmes globally.
Gender equality, serving the most vulnerable, and addressing the particular needs of women and girls are among the core principles of the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). Since its launch in 2008 by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), the GSF has been committed to these principles in the sanitation and hygiene behaviour change programmes it supports. However, challenges have been identified in sufficiently addressing these principles, such as disaggregating data by gender to assess progress.
Between 2010 and 2016, Plan Netherlands implemented a CLTS programme in 8 countries in Africa: Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Niger. This programme, although entitled ‘Empowering self-help sanitation of rural and peri-urban communities and schools in Africa’ soon became known as the Pan Africa Programme.
Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) – an innovative smartphone-based population survey – just released a second brief on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) from Lagos, Nigeria.