WSSCC at the "Making connections: Women, sanitation and health" event

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Women and girls have distinct needs that are often overlooked in debate, policy and planning in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and health sectors.

 This neglect in policy, research and practice means that certain specific vulnerabilities experienced by women linked to WASH are not fully addressed. Tackling these issues requires integrated approaches rather than narrow, sector-specific interventions. Making connections: Women, sanitation and health brought, on the 29th April 2013,  together a diverse mix of academics, journalists, practitioners and activists from the WASH and gender sectors to present and debate critical issues on gender, sanitation and health, amongst them, Archana Patkar, WSSCC programme manager. The event also included the launch of SHARE and WaterAid's new Menstrual Hygiene Matters resource.

Some information regarding Menstrual Hygiene Management:
 
- Violence Against Women - 1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet.
 
- Menstrual Hygiene Management - Silence, stigma and lack of information regarding menstruation, coupled with inadequate sanitation facilities, disempowers women and girls and can lead to poor health practices that are linked with reproductive health problems.
 
- Maternal and Reproductive Health - Access to sanitation and drinking water are not only essential for the survival of mothers during and immediately after childbirth; they also play a crucial role in improving gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment.
 
Presentations
 
• Introductions and Overview
   Dr Helen Pankhurst, CARE USA Senior WASH Adviser; CARE UK Voices against Violence Campaign
• Violence Against Women and Girls
    Dr Lori Heise, Senior Lecturer in Social Epidemiology at LSHTM; Chief Executive of STRIVE Constortium
• Maternal and Reproductive Health
    Prof Wendy Graham, Chair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University of Aberdeen; Research Advisor to DFID
•  Menstrual Hygiene Management
    Rose George, Journalist and Author of 'The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste'
•  Wrap-Up
    Sarah House, Independent WASH Consultant 
 
Panel

•  Sanjay Wijesekera (Chief of WASH at UNICEF)
•  Jane Edmonson (Head of Human Development at DFID)
•  Archana Patkar (Programme Manager for Networking & Knowledge Management, WSSCC)
•  Spera Atuhairwe (Head of Programme Effectiveness at WaterAid Uganda)
•  Prof Wendy Graham (Chair in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University of Aberdeen; Research Advisor to DFID)
•  Sarah House (Independent WASH Consultant)  

To learn more about the event, click here