The coming months are a busy period for the international WASH community, with a number of important sector events and milestone days on the agenda. Collectively, the events offer members the opportunity to follow the international dialogue and developments concerning SDG target 6.2, and get involved. Be sure to follow WSSCC’s Twitter and Facebook pages for regular, real time updates and reporting from all of these events.
Women on the Rise: Women’s Health and Hygiene in the SDG Era, 24 May 2018, Geneva, Switzerland
Hygiene and its links to health are enablers to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet these preventative issues are often forgotten in discussions at global fora. This session, a side event to the World Health Assembly, aims to deepen the dialogue on the intersectionality of SDG 3 (Health), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 6 (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, with special attention to SDG 6.2) by reviewing progress in programming and policy at local, national and global levels. The session will also see the launch of a new WSSCC-Essity report entitled Personal Well-being – Key to Public Progress,
Menstrual Hygiene Day, 28 May 2018, Global
#NoMoreLimits is the theme of this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day), a global platform that brings together non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media and individuals to promote Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). MH Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work. WSSCC has prepared special materials and encourages national-level activation around the day. Read more here or visit the global website.
Global Meeting of WSSCC National Coordinators, 30 May – 1 June 2018, Geneva, Switzerland
WSSCC’s National Coordinators are at the forefront of the Council’s integrated engagement in Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. They will meet in Geneva to continue coordinate and plan country strategies, meet with stakeholders including Sanitation and Water for All and the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation, and more. See a list of the coordinators here.
From Stress to Success: Women, girls and the defining power of WASH, Side Event at the European Development Days, 5 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium
Focusing on real-life experiences and the latest evidence, this session will explore how to support better health and empowerment through sanitation and hygiene. Development partners, government representatives, women champions and experts from academia will participate. Co-hosted by the Government of the Netherlands and WaterAid. More information.
SDG 6 and SDG 10: Twin enablers for reducing inequalities while providing water and sanitation for all, 25 June 2018, Geneva, Switzerland
WSSCC and the SDG Lab of the United Nations Office in Geneva will co-host this event as part of the So What Series. The event will address how SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 10 on Reducing Inequalities interact with each other, mutually reinforce their intended outcomes, and delivers results in both policy and practice.
High Level Political Forum 2018, 9-18 July 2018, New York, USA
WSSCC is participating at the High Level Political Forum in (up to) 4 side events linked to various partners and aspects of work. The HLPF is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. SDG Goal 6, on Water and Sanitation, is being reviewed this year. As an input to the HLPF, UN Water had led development of a Synthesis Report and opened a public consultation. WSSCC contributed to the report as well as to another study being released at the HLPF, a Global Review of National Accountability
Mechanisms for SDG 6. See here for more information.
Hygiene Behaviour Change (HBC) – What Works and What Doesn’t?, a side event at World Water Week, 26 August 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
This special event is being arranged by WSSCC with partners including WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Bank Group. It will presented collected evidence from behavior change programmes, share case studies and engage a dialogue amongst leading experts. Learn more.
Toilets breathe new air in Qahir village – Kenya WAJIR, Kenya – Think about your home without a toilet. Now, think of the flies that float around your room, and its serious harmful impact on your health as a catalyst of oral-fecal transmission. That was the life for many people who practiced open defecation in […]
Making open defecation free campaign a reality NAROK, Kenya – Village Sanitation Committees are busy spearheading the drive in Kenya’s rural sides to accelerate progress on making villages free from open defecation by encouraging the local people to shift from the generations-long practice to proper toilet use. Inadequate access to sanitation and hygiene has long […]
‘I would not exist without menstruation’ – a local singer KIISI, Kenya – A song in praise of menstruation breaks the code of silence around menstruation in Kenya, where many girls are still missing school while they are menstruating, thousands of others are unable to afford health products, and a large percentage of girls […]
Nepal’s sanitation campaign making a difference in Majhi By: Charles Dickson MAJHI, Nepal – Recently, the national campaign to end open defecation across Nepal arrived in Sunaina Devi’s village, and it promises to be transformational. Sunaina lives in Majhi, a village of 104 impoverished people in Nepal’s Terai region. Majhi’s huts of mud, thatch and […]