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

From 2014 to 2018 WSSCC and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) worked to strengthen 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 helped to improve economic and social living conditions.

Supporting emerging initiatives

WSSCC engages actively in emerging initiatives linked to water supply, technological innovation, handwashing, 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 to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Policy and practice in South Asia

Swachh Bharat Mission is the biggest people’s movement on sanitation in the world that seeks to create a Clean India. As reported by the Government of India, close to 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) status has been achieved. The current focus of the national flagship programme is now on ODF Plus (ODF+), which aims at keeping villages clean.

With its country partners, including hundreds of individuals and many organizations, WSSCC also focuses on Rapid Action Learning (RAL), capacity building support for SBM on sustainable and inclusive sanitation, policy support and on Menstrual Health and Hygiene.