On the margins of International Women's Day commemoration across Senegal and West and Central Africa, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have formed an official partnership. The aim is to take action and to strengthen policies in health, hygiene and sanitation in order to contribute to improving economic and social living conditions for women and girls in West and Central Africa.
Grass-roots activists shared inspirational experiences on reducing female circumcision in Senegal, raising awareness of lesbian and transgender issues in Nepal and working for the dignity of sex workers in India at a special meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva on Friday.
n Abuja this week, the Nigerian Society of Engineers honoured two women who are committed to improving sanitation and hygiene in their country – the Honourable Minister for Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Reng Ochekpe, and WSSCC’s own WASH Ambassador, Eng. Ebele Okeke. The awards were given at a ceremony attended by leading figures from a range of sectors, both government and NGO.