Our Equality & Non-Discrimination Work

Equality, human rights and non-discrimination are central to ensuring access to safe water supply, adequate sanitation and good hygiene for all people, everywhere. Women and girls need privacy and dignity especially when they are menstruating; the elderly or disabled need adapted services.

The Lifecycle Approach

WSSCC takes a life cycle approach to sanitation and hygiene programming. All humans experience different phases in their own life cycle, from infancy, through puberty, parenthood, illness and old age.

The sanitation and hygiene needs for everyone, at all times, need to be considered if programmes and policies are to be equitable for all. For the disabled, relatively small adjustments to water and sanitation services can ensure that their needs are not overlooked, improving the dignity, health, and overall quality of life of those already disadvantaged.

WSSCC & UN Women

WSSCC and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) are strengthening policies in health, hygiene and sanitation for women and girls in West and Central Africa.

In terms of service access and use, significant inequalities remain between rural and urban areas, marginalized and excluded groups, and the most vulnerable people. Action research, capacity building and political advocacy by WSSCC and UN Women are helping to improve economic and social living conditions.

Supporting emerging initiatives

WSSCC engages actively in emerging initiatives linked to water supply, technological innovation, hand washing, menstrual hygiene management, equal and universal access, rural and urban sanitation, household and institutional, demand and supply, household financing mechanisms, safe waste disposal and re-use, and strategic planning and evaluation.

WSSCC is working to contribute meaningfully in the next fifteen years to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Policy and practice in South Asia

India is at centre of the world’s sanitation and hygiene crisis, with 60 per cent alone of the world’s open defecators. WSSCC has a multi-dimensional, partnership- and action-oriented engagement on public policy advocacy designed to create an enabling environment to reach millions or people.

With its country partners, including hundreds of individuals and many organizations, WSSCC is deploying a range of measures through its grant financing, advocacy, networking, knowledge, training and communications work and a national Research and Action Learning Unit (RALU) in Delhi.