Women and gender

Most Rural Girls Skip School During Period

About 95 percent of girls in Ghana, particularly those in rural communities, miss school during their menstrual periods due to the lack of hygienic materials, inconsistent supply of water and soap, inadequate disposal and collection of sanitary products, John Baidoo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sustainable Development Focus Limited (SUDEF), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has indicated.

WASH in Schools Empowers Girls’ Education: Proceedings of the Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools Virtual Conference 2013

There is increasing interest in exploring and addressing the menstrual hygiene management (MHM) barriers facing schoolgirls and female teachers in educational settings. Around the globe, WASH in Schools (WinS) focuses on fostering social inclusion and individual self-respect – and addresses MHM as a key agenda. By offering an alternative to the stigma and marginalization associated with hygiene issues, integrating MHM into WinS empowers all students, and especially encourages girls and female teachers.

Date: 16 May 2014

CLTS Week…. Let’s deal with ‘Shit’ in Africa

I am in Lusaka Zambia participating in the Pan African Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) annual Network meeting. The first day was really exciting for me… first because I got to meet enthusiastic CLTS champions from East and West Africa and secondly, this year’s meeting is UNIQUE  because we have participation of the Zambian government staff, partners, and a traditional leader (Chief) from one of the communities where Plan Zambia is implementing CLTS!

Federal Government plans to harness women's potentialities

The Nigerian Federal Government has reiterated its determination to further design life changing programmes for women and girls, as part of measures to harness their potentialities. The Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, gave this assurance in Osogbo, at a  capacity building workshop for beneficiaries of girls and women initiative programmes in Nigeria .Ochekpe, who noted that women had important roles to play in advancement of the nation, said that the ‘G win’ programme was aimed at opening access to life changing opportunities for girls and women in diverse endeavours.

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Maryada Abhiyan: Women-led Total Sanitation campaign in Madhya Pradesh

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In Madhya Pradesh, a new campaign Maryada Abhiyan ( maryada meaning dignity in Hindi), recognises the key role that women can play in catalysing improvements in sanitation and hygiene behaviour and moving their communities towards ODF. It also acknowledges and supports the positive impact of CLTS and sanitation improvements can have on women’s empowerment and their standing in their communities.
Date: 30 August 2013
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