New Violence, Gender and WASH Toolkit launched


violence_gender_and_wash_toolkit_-_bannerWSSCC is proud to be a co-publisher of an important new sector resource, the Violence, Gender and WASH Toolkit. This multimedia toolkit is now available at

Although the lack of access to appropriate sanitation, hygiene and water services is not the root cause of violence, it can lead to increased vulnerabilities to violence of varying forms, with incidences reported from a wide range of contexts. In response, the SHARE Research Consortium ( has developed the toolkit, which is designed to help practitioners to better recognise the risks of violence linked to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and provide guidance on what WASH practitioners can do to reduce these vulnerabilities to violence. WSSCC experts, including Archana Patkar, Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management, contributed to the development of the toolkit.

This practitioner’s toolkit, funded by DFID, focuses on increasing understanding of the scale and specific nature of the problem.  The toolkit has been developed by Sarah House, Suzanne Ferron, Dr Marni Sommer and Sue Cavill, with contributions from a wide range of actors. Co-published by WSSCC and 26 other organisations, the toolkit brings together evidence, best practice, tools and policy responses to help make WASH safer and more effective – particularly for women and girls and people from marginalised groups.