Women and gender

Intersectionality: ask the other question

What is intersectionality? How can you apply it in practice? What relevance does it have for WASH?

This short article delves into some of the key proponents and literature that gave rise to the concept of intersectionality, the debates that informed its evolution and use, and shares some insights on how to “ask the other question” to inform more nuanced development approaches.

Date: 17 June 2019

Proceedings from the 7th virtual conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools

The virtual conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools is an annual event that enables global sharing of new ideas and 'lessons learned', and connects people working on MHM in schools in a wide range of countries. The 7th virtual conference was held on 30 October 2018 as part of the Water & Health Conference, hosted by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA. The presenters covered work on MHM that spanned countries and regions across the world, identifying shared challenges in programme design, implementation, and monitoring.

Date: 21 March 2019

Water Currents: WASH and Gender

Women and girls often bear primary responsibility for providing drinking water and sanitation within their families and as a result are disproportionately affected when they have to travel to reach these services/facilities and take time to maintain them. Improved sanitation access is crucial to preserving the basic dignity of women and girls and reducing gender-based violence.

Hanh Nguyen Hong on Gender Transformative WASH in Vietnam

In Vietnam, many women face challenges accessing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and facilities; lack of funds and information, exclusion from decision-making, poorly designed facilities along with restrictive gender norms all create barriers.

Hanh Nguyen Hong (Thrive Networks/East Meets West) talks about how the Women-Led Output Based Aid (WOBA) programme in Vietnam is overcoming these barriers by facilitating gender transformative WASH.

Blog/Video: Celebrating Gender Transformative Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Vietnam

In Vietnam, many women face challenges accessing WASH services and facilities; lack of funds and information, exclusion from decision-making, poorly designed facilities along with restrictive gender norms all create barriers.

Equality, non-discrimination and inclusion toolkit

WaterAid has launched this ‘Equality and Inclusion Toolkit’ to help WASH practitioners leave no on behind. It introduces the most important equality, non-discrimination and inclusion principles, and includes practical activities, tools and checklists for you to apply to your work with partners and communities.

This toolkit, available in English, Portuguese and French gives real examples and many practical tools for all stages of the programme cycle and advocacy work.

Date: 31 January 2019

Sustainability and WASH: reflections from the UNC Water and Health Conference 2018

The University of North Carolina (UNC), Water and Health Conference 2018 in Chapel Hill, United States, provided researchers, implementers and donors the opportunity to reflect and discuss how the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector is achieving sustainability, the biggest challenges to progress and possible ways forward to make sanitation outcomes equitable, accessible and affordable to everyone at all times. (The UNC Water and Health Conference is held at Chapel Hill since 2011)

Achieving sustainability in WASH research and programming

Impact of social capital, harassment of women and girls, and water and sanitation access on premature birth and low infant birth weight in India

Globally, preterm birth (PTB) and low infant birth weight (LBW) are leading causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality. Inadequate water and sanitation access (WASH) are risk factors for PTB and LBW in low-income countries. Physical stress from carrying water and psychosocial stress from addressing sanitation needs in the open may be mechanisms underlying these associations. If so, then living in a community with strong social capital should be able to buffer the adverse effects of WASH on birth outcomes.

Date: 12 November 2018
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