Equality and Non-Discrimination

Lack of sanitation disproportionally affects vulnerable populations.

Our vision is a world in which everyone, everywhere can practice safe sanitation and hygiene with dignity. We contribute by enabling all people and especially women, girls and those living in vulnerable situations to practice the right to sanitation and hygiene across the course of their lives with dignity and safety.

A strong commitment to leaving no one behind and Equality and Non-discrimination (EQND) is at the heart of our work. The participation of whole communities helps to ensure that women, girls, and those marginalized in society, are part of the behaviour change and decision-making processes, have their specific needs met and become equal users of facilities.

Our EQND principles

  • Recognize differences between people
  • Recognize contributions of different people, including people who may be disadvantaged, and involve them throughout
  • Collaborate with organizations representing those most disadvantaged, seek their advice and engagement.
  • Do no harm, including inadvertent.
  • Promote confidence of those who are potentially disadvantaged through encouraging active participation in community decision-making, including sharing views and encouraging others to listen.


Integrating Equality and Non-Discrimination (EQND) into community sanitation programming

Community approaches to collective behaviour change aim for a whole community to end open defecation sustainably and on their own terms. This includes people who may be unable to build, use and maintain sanitation and hygiene facilities on their own, have less confidence or voice in community decision-making processes, or face active discrimination within the community.
Because sanitation behaviour change approaches are rooted in collective community action, and not everyone within a community has the same means and decision-making power as others, implementing programmes without a proactive consideration of EQND can result in people being left behind. Through our WSSCC EQND in CLTS Handbook for Practitioners we help partners integrate EQND principles into our GSF programmes.


Systems Strengthening

Through our support to country processes, we actively foster the development of strong systems and adequate sector capacity, accountability and monitoring to achieve transformational change. We support countries to apply data and evidence and engage in systems strengthening in their respective countries through a Leave No One Behind lens, using global, regional and national processes. WASH development entities and donors align to common global strategies and frameworks key among them being the SWA Mutual Accountability Mechanism. Learning workshops held in 2019 also provide country partners an opportunity to learn more about the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) and TrackFin projects implemented by WHO.