Equality and Non-Discrimination

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.

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New innovation offers women and girls the confidence and space to manage their menstruation By Machrine Birungi Nearly 121 million women and adolescent girls in India use on average eight sanitary napkins per menstrual cycle. That translates to 1 million pads generated monthly, which then results into 12 billion pads produced and disposed of annually […]

Les praticiens réaffirment leur engagement à ne laisser personne derrière en Tanzanie Machrine Birungi et Sheba Odondi GENÈVE/DAR ES-SALAAM – Lors d’un récent entretien avec le WSSCC, un expert indépendant de l’ONU dans le domaine des droits de l’homme a préconisé le renforcement de l’action visant à réduire les inégalités et la discrimination dans le […]

Improvement at a rural school empowers menstruating girls to stay in school By Renu Kshetry NUWAKOT, Nepal – A 15-year-old schoolgirl in a Nepali village recalls how her parents asked her to stay in isolation for five days when she had her first period three years ago. “I was made to stay in the darkroom […]

Practitioners reaffirm their commitment to leaving no one behind in Tanzania By Machrine Birungi and Sheba Odondi GENEVA/DAR ES SALAAM – In a recent interview with WSSCC, an independent UN human rights expert called for heightened action to reduce inequalities and discrimination in the sector of water, sanitation and hygiene. Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur […]

WSSCC’s most memorable moments of 2019 Join us and take a look back at some of the most notable activities that shaped the past 12 months of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). January: WSSCC and GIWA spread the word about sanitation at the Kumbh Mela festival in India – A faith-based festival […]

In the drive to end open defecation, one of the strengths of Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is its reliance on local knowledge, collective action and community leadership. To ensure that nobody is left behind, WSSCC is proposing ways to make CLTS even better at reflecting the needs of people who may be overlooked or marginalized […]

Experts representing the WASH sector, UN organizations, academia and civil society came together today at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in an All-Female Panel to chair a side event titled, Access to Menstrual Health as a Public Service: The Lived Experiences of Women and Girls. The event was dedicated to elevating […]

At this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, the plight of many women, girls and marginalized groups who face barriers to safely accessing water and sanitation (WASH) services in public spaces took center stage at a side event entitled, Empowerment of Women and Girls through Access to Public Services – including Water, Sanitation and […]