The signing of a memorandum of understanding between WSSCC and the Government of Senegal in October 2015 takes the country a step closer towards much-needed policy and behaviour change to improve women’s and girls’ rights to water and sanitation. The agreement, coordinated through the Millennium Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme (PEPAM), is an integral part of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation’s aim to include the issue of menstrual hygiene management in the updated national sanitation policy.
Public policy change lies at the heart of Joint Programme goals, requiring integration of the specific needs of women and girls, in relation to hygiene and sanitation, in policies, laws and other budgeted regulations in the three focus countries. In Senegal, women’s specific needs have been long-neglected in the design of public services and infrastructure even though they bear the main responsibility for managing water, hygiene and sanitation in their homes and communities. The recent agreement is a first step towards redressing this imbalance.
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