Equality and non-discrimination research among WSSCC offerings at 5-9 March WASH Futures conference

Date: 2nd March 2018

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Community-Led Total Sanitation Triggering in Togo. Sanitation programmes must promote the confidence and self-efficacy of those who are potentially disadvantaged, by involving them in decisions and encouraging their active participation throughout the sanitation and hygiene improvement process. ©WSSCC

WSSCC will engage actively in WASH Futures: Collaboration for Universal WASH 2018, which takes place 5-9 March in Brisbane, Australia. Ms. Elizabeth Wamera, WSSCC´s Technical Expert on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, will represent the organization and its nearly 5,000-member experts at the important sector event. Ms. Wamera will make several targeted interventions highlighting the Council´s recent work on equality and non-discrimination, water for sanitation and hygiene, and more.

The event is the latest in a series of WASH Futures conferences in recent years which have been developed and hosted by The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the International WaterCentre (IWC) and the Australian WASH Reference Group. The events are highly-regarded for sharing innovation and evidence to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The 2018 event is themed around collaboration. As the global agenda shifts to emphasize universality and sustainability of WASH, the need for collaboration amongst WASH organizations is becoming more apparent and more urgent.

On behalf of WSSCC, Ms. Wamera will:

  • Present the findings of the WSSCC WAFSAH (Water for Sanitation and Hygiene) project, an innovative effort of the Council to foster women’s economic empowerment through water for sanitation interventions in the Lake Victoria region of East Africa. Click here for a brief summary.
  • Provide conference participants with an overview of WSSSCC’s latest findings on equality and non-discrimination in sanitation at scale, based in part on a scoping and diagnosis report produced by WSSCC in 2017, during the session on Assessing and Integrating Equity on 6 March.
  • On the same day, in the session entitled Reaching Unserved Urban Populations, present a series of inspiring initiatives on delivering Sustainable Development Goal target 6.2 in urban settings.
  • Introduce a training programme on 8 March under the theme Leaving No One Behind, which focuses on ensuring equality and non-discrimination in sanitation. The session is led by a WSSCC-supported team which carried out the 2017 study on behalf of WSSCC and its Global Sanitation Fund, GSF.

WSSCC will share information about the conference through its social media feeds. WASH Futures also has its own channels on Twitter (https://twitter.com/WASHFutures) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WASHFutures/), in addition to the main conference website, http://washfutures.com/.

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