#WSSCCArchives: Gender and WASH Studies in the WSSCC Library

Date: 8th May 2017

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We have sifted through our extensive  library to bring you our main gender-focused research and reports

WSSCC reports, research and policy briefs serve as a learning resource for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. In the #WSSCCArchives series we revisit some of our memorable resources that provide evidence and insights from sanitation-related programmes that can be used to improve programme design, or to influence policy decisions.

This week we highlight Gender in WASH research.

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For Her: it’s the big issue – putting women at the centre of water supply, sanitation and hygiene (2006)

Released during “Sanitation and Hygiene Week” in 2006 this report provides evidence and examples of  the effects and benefits of placing women at the core of the planning, implementation and operations of Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) programmes.

The document is organized around six issues: better services for all; better health for all; privacy and dignity; women’s health and well-being; girls’ school attendance; women’s status; and income-generation.

We Cant’ Wait (2013)

Produced in collaboration with WaterAid and Unilever, We Can’t Wait is both a campaign and a report on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls. It makes it clear that governments, civil society and business must work together to improve the health and prosperity of women worldwide. Women and girls living without any toilets spend 97 billion hours each year finding a place to go. The report also presents real life situations of people in the developing world, alongside research from a variety of organizations and agencies that examine the impact of a lack of sanitation on women and girls.

Leave No One Behind: Voices of Women, Adolescent Girls, Elderly and Disabled People, and Sanitation Workers (2015)

WSSCC’s flagship initiative, the Leave No One Behind campaign report emerged from a series of consultations with marginalized and vulnerable groups in South Asia. Testimonies and recommendations are found alongside an identification of key sanitation and hygiene issues, and are addressed in sections dedicated to women and adolescent girls, the elderly and the disabled, sanitation workers and waste picker and transgender groups.

Menstrual Hygiene Management – WSSCC/UN Women Studies on Behaviour and Practices in Senegal and Cameroon (2015)

Under the framework of the WSSCC and UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation, these three studies form a series of research on menstrual hygiene management in the Kedougou and Louga regions in Senegal and the Kye-Ossi and Bamoungoum Regions in Cameroon. In these areas, information on menstrual hygiene management, (MHM) is extremely limited and behaviour and practices are largely undocumented. The studies’ main objective is to establish a database of information on public policies, behaviour and practices regarding menstrual hygiene management and to analyze their impact on the living conditions of women and girls.

Another study was released in 2017 on Menstrual Hygiene Management and the experience of nomadic and sedentary populations in Niger.  Read more here

Gender and Community-Led Total Sanitation – CLTS engagement, outcomes and empowerment in Malagasy communities (2016)

This study examines the link between gender dynamics and the impact of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) interventions. WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) supported a study in 2015 in a small number of communities in Madagascar. These communities are in the area covered by the GSF-supported programme known locally as ‘Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement’ (FAA).


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