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.
Read the 2012 Progress Report on WSSCC's Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) which has impacted some 102,970 people so far. Details of programmes being implemented in Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal and Uganda, together with People's Voices telling their stories are just some of features of this publication.
West Africa is home to some of the poorest communities in the world. Within these communities, the disabled are often the most excluded and vulnerable. This study assesses the problem of water and sanitation and disabilities, and provides reommendations, solutions and for engaging with disabled and communities.
The regional network will act as a platform to share knowledge and experience between journalists, work together at key moments for maximum campaigning impact, amplify the voices of the poor, support national networks and project WASH issues at the regional, continental and international level.