Women and gender

The impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh

The SHARE Research Consortium and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC ) formed a research partnership in 2013 to investigate the specific impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh.
Date: 14 July 2015

AfricaSan 4: scattered highlights, and one lowlight!

A huge conference like AfricaSan provides a wealth of information and learning for the enthusiastic sanitation groupie. But so much is packed into the three-day duration that it is impossible to take in everything – schedules are tight, and often overlap, which means that nobody manages to see all of their top picks, despite efforts to have thematic discussions running in parallel throughout the conference.

Frontières Numéro 5: Rendre l’assainissement et l’hygiène plus sûrs - Réduire les vulnérabilités face à la violence

L’ATPC vise un assainissement total où personne ne pratique la défécation à l’air libre, ce qui, en tant que tel, ouvre des possibilités pour réduire les vulnérabilités face à la violence. Pourtant, les préoccupations que soulèvent la sécurité, l’intimité ou la dignité lorsqu’on utilise des installations sanitaires peuvent parfois faire en sorte que les installations ne sont pas utilisées ou ne le sont qu’une fois la nuit tombée.

Date: 11 May 2015

Empowerment is key to sustaining clean environment around schools

Empowerment of primary school learners is an area that is needed to be considered seriously if total sanitation is to be realized. I was part of the team that visited Achilet Primary Schools in Uganda’s Tororo District alongside colleagues from Plan International’s Australia, Kenya, and Uganda Offices as well as colleagues from research institutions like Institute for Development Studies (IDS) – UK  and the International Water Center (IRC) Netherlands. The clean environment was witness to the activeness of both learners and teachers at the school.

Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes: Lessons from India

With around 70% of India’s 1.2 billion people living in rural areas and still suffering the burden of sub-optimal water provision as well the indignity of poor/no sanitation, the job of providing water, sanitation and hygiene for the household invariably falls on women. The UN Commission on Sustainable Development has very aptly affirmed that ‘water has a woman’s face’.


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