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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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 […]

The Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Working Group in Pakistan held the first national level training of trainers this past January in a move to support the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector to mainstream and promote the health of women and girls.  More than 70 participants from across the country are now able to cascade […]

À l’occasion de la célébration de la Journée de l’hygiène menstruelle 2018, les membres du WSSCC ont organisé des centaines d’activités dans le monde entier pour sensibiliser et informer les filles et les femmes sur les questions relatives à la santé menstruelle. Des ateliers ont notamment été animés dans les écoles et les centres de femmes. […]

To commemorate the global celebration of Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018, WSSCC members across the world organized hundreds of activities to raise awareness and promote issues of menstrual health among girls and women. The activities included workshops in schools and in women’s centres. In Pakistan, Ikhtiar Khaskhelly held training workshop sessions for students at the Shafaq […]

En mai 2018, le Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement (WSSCC) a adressé à ses membres un appel à propositions les invitant à présenter une innovation qu’ils auraient conçue pour réduire les inégalités entre les sexes dans le secteur de l’eau, de l’assainissement et de l’hygiène (WASH). Les gagnants devaient être parrainés par […]

Au Cambodge, la mise en œuvre de l’assainissement total piloté par la communauté (ATPC) implique souvent des enfants.

Resources

Health and Hygiene across the Life Course: World Health Assembly 2017 ...

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During the World Health Assembly 2017, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), SCA, Government of Kenya and WaterAid came together to share approaches to ensure good hygiene and health practices and to raise standards across the life course, from childhood to adolescence, from motherhood to menopause, to old age and responding to disabilities. The session took place in the morning on 24 May 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, and was attended by more than 40 international delegates from UN agencies, private sector, member states, NGOs and academia.

28 May – Menstrual Hygiene Day Social Media Kit

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Join us in celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Management Day on May 28! Please find the social media kit, with info graphics in French and English and photos to download here.FR versionFR versionFR versionFR version

For Her : it’s the big issue – putting women at the centre of water su...

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This report is a collection of evidence, brief examples highlighting the effect and benefits of placing women at the core of planning, implementation and operations of Water Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) programmes. It is is organized around six Big Issues: Better services for all; Better health for all; Privacy and dignity; Women's health and well-being; Girls' school attendance; Women's status; and Income-generation. The experiences also show how women's empowerment and the improvement of water supply, sanitation facilities and hygiene practice are inextricably linked. One cannot be successfully achieved without the other. The report provides further proof that if women play a central role in water, sanitation and hygiene efforts, progress towards achieving all the Millennium Development Goals will be significantly advanced. The evidence comes from a variety of sources, some of it from recent literature, project reports and evaluations and some from personal correspondence with those involved, where changes are currently happening but not yet documented.

Invitation to 2017 World Health Assembly Side Event: Health and Hygien...

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Join WSSCC, SCA and WaterAid at the WHO World Health Assembly for a morning side event on Health and Hygiene across the Life Course