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Amid lockdown, India’s youth initiative takes sanitary pads and hygiene awa...

By Raza Naqvi A youth organization in New Delhi has been distributing sanitary pads and raising menstrual awareness among girls and women across India since 2016. While the country remains under lockdown due to the coronavirus, Project Baala is determined that its important work still gets done. “Women would have been the worst hit, as […]

Schoolgirls in Nepal team up for proper management of menstruation

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 […]

At hard-to-reach villages in Madagascar, building a shower room is a drasti...

By Hiro Saito AMBOHITSARATELO, Madagascar – Hundreds of village dwellers in a hard-to-reach area of Madagascar are now pledging to build shower rooms for girls and women after an intense discussion on how to provide a safe and protected space, particularly for managing menstrual hygiene with dignity. For the residents of the fokontany, or the […]

Lessons Learned from Global Champions for Improved Access to Public Service...

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 […]

Prioritizing Women and Girls in Pakistan – Country holds first national tra...

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 […]

Leave No One Behind: Sanitation is not a taboo – voices of young girls in S...

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This blog […]

Leave No One Behind: an MHM toolkit for women and girls with visual and hea...

In keeping with the SDG principle of LNOB, WSSCC developed an MHM tool kit that can be used by women and girls with visual and hearing impairments.

International Day of the Girl Child: WSSCC Members Improve Sanitation for ...

Empowering women and girls is at the core of WSSC’s work

Educating girls: the key to tackling global poverty

The full article on the Guardian’s Round Table discussion on Gender and Equality with comments from WSSCC’s Archana Patkar

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls: WSSCC’s work in Menstrual Hygiene M...

Managing menstruation in a safe and hygienic way can deeply impact the lives and prospects of women and girls

#Connecting the Dots: reaching girls with sanitation in Uganda’s schools

Success in Uganda, where our national coordinator advocates for MHM training and provisions in schools

Announcing WSSCC’s 2017 Webinar Series #1: Sanitation-related Psychosocial ...

Do you know what the stress points are for women and girls in their daily sanitation routines? How do they cope? Join our March 2nd webinar.

WSSCC and UN Women Joint Programme on how to respond to the sanitation need...

Sub-Saharan Africa alone hosts more than 29 per cent of the world’s displaced people, numbering more than 20 million people.

Leave No One Behind: Voices of Women, Adolescent Girls, Elderly and Disable...

“Leave No One Behind” summarizes the sanitation and hygiene hopes and aspirations of thousands of women and men of different ages and physical ability, across rural and urban areas in eight South Asian countries. In these countries, over a billion people are without safe sanitation. They represent indi­viduals and groups rarely heard because they are […]

WSSCC and FANSA Report Urges Action to Address the Sanitation and Hygiene N...

Dhaka, Bangladesh – 11 January 2016 – Today, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) are releasing a new report titled “Leave No One Behind: Voices of Women, Adolescent Girls, Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Sanitation Workforce.” (Click to download report) The ground-breaking report highlights the […]

Tracking Progress for Adolescent Girls – Indicators for the Sustainable Dev...

In preparation for a much more holistic and integrated way of working post 2015, WSSCC highlighted the myriad dimensions of sanitation and hygiene for the safety, dignity and confidence of girls in the Girl Declaration Joint Advocacy Group working closely with Plan International and the UN Foundation.

Live webcast – Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls in Africa: Transl...

Tomorrow, tune into West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) to follow the live webcast of the High Level Panel hosted by WSSCC and UN Women on Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls in Africa.

Impact of inadequate access to WASH facilities on women and girls in India ...

These research briefing notes investigate the impact of inadequate access to WASH facilities on women & girls in India and Bangladesh.

The Great Aunt: WSSCC and SCA help Chinese girls to break menstrual taboos

The girls participated in an MHM training session organized by SCA and WSSCC through their public-private partnership on the issue.

UN Women and WSSCC partner for women and girls in West Africa

On the margins of International Women’s Day commemoration, UN Women and WSSCC have formed an official partnership.

WASH in schools empowers girls’ education – Proceedings of the Menstrual Hy...

Building on recommendations from the MHM 2012 virtual conference, the 2013 conference focused on the research tools and instruments being used to explore MHM barriers and practices and to evaluate the interventions being trialed or implemented in various contexts.

We Can’t Wait – A report on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls

A collaborative approach between governments, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target back on track. This is critical to improve the health and prosperity of women worldwide, said a new report jointly published by WSSCC, WaterAid and Unilever’s leading toilet brand Domestos. This report highlights the stark consequences for women […]

Since 2012, WSSCC has been working with governments to address historical gender inequalities, discrimination  and social injustice in WASH and beyond, using menstrual health and hygiene as an entry point. Capacity development is an important part of this and in India alone, WSSCC has trained more than 1,645 qualified trainers in recent years, the majority […]

Long-running advocacy in Nepal to realize menstrual health and hygiene for ...

Interview with the national convener of the MHH alliance By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Mr Gunaraj Shrestha is the National Convener of Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management Partners’ Alliance (MHMPA) since 2017. The MHMPA is an informal network with 80 members of various organizations working in the field of sanitation and hygiene. Shrestha was […]

Experts welcome Kenya’s Menstrual Hygiene Management Policy

Hope for greater safety and dignity of menstruators if there are accountability measures By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya –  Kenya launched its first-ever standalone menstrual hygiene management (MHM) policy and strategy on this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May), marking a significant milestone for menstruators in the country. The multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder process to the […]

Out of school, out of pads

NGO provides sanitary pads to girls in Nairobi slum during COVID-19 lockdown By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – In Nairobi’s Korogocho slums, the sudden closure of schools in March was a double tragedy for 15-year-old Consolata. It meant she would lose out not only on learning, but also on free access to sanitary towels provided […]

The Clean Nigeria’ campaign vital to achieving SDG6

WSSCC National Coordinator applauds inauguration of campaign steering committee By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Ms Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on the inauguration of a steering committee newly established for the Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign. The campaign is a government-led initiative supported by UNICEF, […]

Indian teens provide hygiene products to underprivileged women through crow...

By Raza Naqvi During the COVID-19 lockdown enforced across India, 16-year-old Tia Poovayya learned underprivileged women could not get menstrual products and, as a result, were at risk of exposure to infection. “Our housekeeper came to my mother and asked her for some sanitary napkins because she could not get any,” she says. “This made […]

Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate

By Marni Sommer, Virginia Kamowa, Therese Mahon COVID-19 highlights the vulnerable amongst us across the globe: Those who are most vulnerable because of the crowded conditions they live in; those who must continue working despite the threat of infection; and those who cannot absorb the shock of the economic impact of closed economies and quarantine. […]

Menstrual hygiene and health – a call for dignity, rights and empowerment

It is time to address the stigma, taboo and lack of knowledge around menstruation By Rt Hon Helen Clark and Elhadj As Sy We stand as advocates for addressing women’s issues. Because gender equity is so closely linked to health, we also see the achievement of universal health coverage – the need for which has […]

Six takeaways on Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 and poor sanitation

By Olajide Adelana In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in a context of poor sanitation, Nigeria and many countries around the world are confronted with enormous challenges at every turn. A critical look at national response plans offers much to be learned in terms of what is working and what is not, […]

Frequently Asked Questions – WSSCC is evolving into the Sanitation and Hygi...

French translation available here.  1. Why is WSSCC evolving into the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund? Since 1990, WSSCC’s work has significantly contributed to the achievement of sanitation and hygiene services for millions of people left behind. Through our Global Sanitation Fund, our grants have resulted in 28 million people living in open defecation free environments, […]

Interview with Ms Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

By Eileen Palmer GENEVA – Commemorating this year’s World Immunization Week between 24 and 30 April, WSSCC interviewed Ms Anuradha Gupta, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. In describing Gavi’s mission, to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries, Ms Gupta underscores the vital […]

Call for increased international investment in sanitation and hygiene

Statement from Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Government of Uganda We are a decade away from 2030 and well off-track to achieve the sanitation and hygiene related targets of SDG 6.2. These targets must be pursued for the good of all, but particularly and urgently to prepare nations to better respond to outbreaks […]

Daima Tutamkumbuka Mwalimu Rehema: Mmoja wa vinara Mahiri wa Hedhi Salama N...

Mwanzilishi wa kampuni ya Kasole Secrets, Hyasintha Ntuyeko & WSSCC National Coordinator Wilhelmina Malima Mwaka 2013, Mwalimu Rehema Darueshi alihamishwa na kuanza kufundisha shule ya msingi Toa Ngoma iliyopo wilaya ya Kigamboni, mkoani Dar-es-Salaam nchini Tanzania. Mwl Rehema hakuridhika sana na mazingira ya kazi kwani shule hiyo haikua kabisa na watoto wasioona na yeye alikua ndie […]

Remembering Rehema: A Passionate Champion of Menstrual Health and Hygiene i...

By Kasole Secrets Founder, Hyasintha Ntuyeko and WSSCC National Coordinator Wilhelmina Malima In April, the global Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) arena lost a champion. Along with Hyasintha and Wilhelmina, WSSCC celebrates the life of Rehema Darueshi. In 2013, Rehema Darueshi began teaching visually impaired students at Toa Ngoma primary school in Tanzania’s community of […]

WSSCC approved to become the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund

GENEVA, 6 May 2020 – The Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) took a landmark decision on Monday by approving WSSCC’s new 2021-2025 strategy, which paves the way for WSSCC to evolve into the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund, a scalable and global Fund to effectively support the world’s poorest and […]

COVID-19: WSSCC Programming and Guidance Brief

30 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all countries where WSSCC has ongoing Global Sanitation Fund-supported programmes and National Coordinators. Programming has been directed to national prevention efforts. WSSCC has compiled what we view as the most useful information and practical guidance at this point, alongside a wider set of resources and some of […]

Opinion: Achieving public health equity — start with sanitation and hygiene...

By Hind Khatib-Othman, Elhadj As Sy What was once unthinkable is now reality. An unknown disease has spread around the world with terrifying speed, and the global community was not prepared — not by a long shot. There have been pandemics before: SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2012, Zika […]

In India, comic books smash shame around menstruation

By Raza Naqvi DELHI, India – In the world’s second most populous nations, shame and stigma stops millions of girls from learning about their own bodies. “In India, the biggest challenge to educating people about their periods is shame,” says Aditi Gupta, an activist who founded a unique, fun and educational comic book for girls. […]

No water, no sustainability for ODF campaign – WSSCC National Coordinator i...

By Hoby Randrianimanana ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – A recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by UNICEF and INSTAT (Madagascar National Institute of Statistics) on WASH in Madagascar has shown a significant decrease in drinking water coverage – from 54% (reported by WHO/UNICEF JMP) in 2017 to 41% in 2018. The same survey reveals a major […]

WSSCC National Coordinator: “We must scale up sanitation and hygiene interv...

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Nigeria’s effort to institutionalize and diversify Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at all administrative levels. She gave the commendation in Abuja on 19 March 2020 during a two-day sensitization workshop for state focal officers, as part of the “Clean Nigeria: […]

Opinion: COVID-19 a collective failure, an unprecedented opportunity – By S...

GENEVA – Closure of Europe and high-income countries in peacetime may be unprecedented, but the war against preventable diseases such as COVID-19, cholera, polio, measles, and Ebola has long been raging for the 3 billion people who lack basic hand-washing facilities in their homes. Nearly three-quarters of the populations in the poorest countries have no […]

COVID-19: How gender stereotyping impacts delivery of sanitation and hygien...

By Dr Elizabeth Wamera Most sanitation programmes, in their mission to change (un)hygienic behaviour, only in some cases attempt to shift gender roles and power dynamics between men and women at the household and community levels. As such, sanitation processes may inadvertently reinforce gender stereotypes relating to women’s socially prescribed care roles and intrinsic motivation […]

‘Cow-for-Toilet’ Competition Pushes Ugandan District to ODF Status

By Enock Kusasira and Kevin Mwanza BULAMBULI, Uganda – In Uganda’s eastern border district of Bulambuli, there is a town where the mayor put up cows as prizes in a latrine-building competition. To win, the latrines had not only to be the best and the cleanest, but also made of locally-available materials. “We have used […]

Thane Police partners with WSSCC to educate female officials about menstrua...

By Raza Naqvi THANE, India – It all started with a routine departmental medical camp. Without the camp, the issue of vaginal fungal infections would never have come to the attention of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Dr Priyanka Narnaware, who immediately committed to act on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Concerned about the health of […]

Safe sanitation and hygiene key to preventing pandemics like COVID-19

At a time when the global community is hit by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases and live a healthy and fulfilling life is more obvious than ever before. Safe sanitation and hygiene does not only impact on people’s health. It also impacts on livelihoods, […]

Coronavirus is a hygiene crisis

  National governments are responding to the Coronavirus on an unprecedented scale. In addition to school closures and bans on large gatherings, borders are closing, flights are cancelled and whole populations are in lockdown as we collectively try to contain the virus. Each of us is touched by this very public health emergency. We are […]

Health, safety and dignity: boosting access to safe, clean toilets for wome...

  By Machrine Birungi Geneva, SWITZERLAND – Pakistan has come a long way in bringing down open defecation. A recent WHO/UNICEF report shows that the phenomenon has been reduced by around 30 percent since the year 2000. Yet 79 million people still lack access to decent toilets across the country. This poses significant risks to […]

India’s Simdega district leading by example on menstrual health and hygiene

A journey to spark off conversations on menstruation By Raza Naqvi SIMDEGA, India – In India, shame and stigma associated with menstruation is silencing conversations on the subject, leading to a lack of knowledge and unsafe hygiene practices. To break this cycle, an engineer from a small town in Bihar left his lucrative career to […]

Series: Friends of the human rights to water and sanitation

Interview with the ambassador of Germany to the UN in Geneva   By Francesca Nava GENEVA – The second episode of the series: “Friends of the human rights to water and sanitation” features His Excellency Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, Ambassador and Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations Office. As […]

Sanitation in Tanzania suffers setbacks as toilets damaged by heavy rains

High precipitation across East Africa attributed to unusually warm Indian Ocean By Aidani Tarimo and Charles Dickson As welcome as the life-giving rains are in Africa, they can also be a menace. Floods resulting from unusually heavy rainfall in Tanzania over recent months have forced thousands to flee their homes for higher ground and caused […]

Breaking the silence around menstrual hygiene

By Trupti Ashtankar and Charlotte Jenner Mumbai, India – In many communities across India, menstruation and related hygiene practices are socially and culturally sensitive issues, shrouded in silence and perpetuated by myths or social taboos. As a result, women (and men) often lack essential information about the cause of menstruation, as well as safe menstrual […]

Combatting menstrual taboos in Nepal through the lens of a camera

Demolishing menstrual huts, a powerful start, but how do we demolish the mindset? By Renu Kshetry “I never understood why I was kept in a dark room for seven days when I menstruated for the first time,” says Bunu Dhungana, “or why I was considered untouchable for four days every month.” In her native Nepal, […]

Tackling India’s ‘silent problem’ of menstrual waste

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 […]

Interview with the ambassador of Spain to the UN in Geneva

By Francesca Nava GENEVA – As part of a campaign to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the universal recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation, WSSCC is supporting Mr Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, to feature “friends of the human rights to water and sanitation” throughout […]

India’s vulnerable and voiceless groups speak out at Rishikesh

“Leave No One Behind” workshop addresses inequality on poor access to toilets and menstrual facilities By Prince Mukherjee RISHIKESH, India, – A growing sense of exclusion from the rest of the community is palpable as hundreds of marginalized people in India speak openly about the availability of toilets and menstrual facilities and matters of water […]

Year in review 2019

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 […]

Closing the toilets on World Toilet Day

School children in Geneva reflect on the global sanitation crisis By Francesca Nava   GENEVA – Most children at an international school in Geneva would have never thought twice about going outside to relieve themselves, let alone the lack of toilets across the world. That was until 19 November (World Toilet Day) when more than […]

Reaffirming the commitment to total sanitation

Experts in Nepal bring the agenda of leaving no one behind front and center on World Toilet Day By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – Celebrating this year’s World Toilet Day, sanitation experts gathered in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu to renew their commitment to availability, accessibility, and affordability of WASH services across the country. In […]

Menstruation is everyone’s responsibility

An interview with a Kenyan youth leader that advocates for the role of men in Menstrual Health and Hygiene By Kevin Mwanza and Francesca Nava NAIROBI, Kenya – As the Government of Kenya approved the National Menstrual Hygiene Management Policy on 21 November to scale up its effort to provide more support for girls and women, […]

Kenya paves the way for menstruators

The government approves a policy exclusively on menstrual health and hygiene By Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – The Government of Kenya will provide more robust support for menstrual challenges faced by girls and women across the nation after approving a landmark policy dedicated to menstrual health and hygiene on 21 November 2019. The stand-alone National […]

‘Transformational benefits’ of ending outdoor defecation

How people’s lives are improved once they have a toilet to use Ahead of World Toilet Day, which is marked annually on 19 November, WSSCC’s acting Executive Director, Sue Coates, has been speaking to UN News about how to end open defecation. What is open defecation and where is it mostly practiced? Open defecation is […]

Seizing the day at the global population summit in Nairobi

WSSCC and partners call for action on Menstrual Health and Hygiene By: Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – Research shows that 6 out of 10 girls in Kenya have never heard about menstruation until their first period, and 65 percent of menstruating girls and women in the nation cannot sustainably access sanitary pads. Menstruation is rarely […]

Une chanson vient inspirer la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle au Kenya

« Je n’existerais pas sans la menstruation » – un chanteur local Par: Kevin Mwanza KIISI, au Kenya – Une chanson en l’honneur de la menstruation rompt le mur du silence autour de la menstruation au Kenya, où un grand nombre de filles continuent de manquer l’école lorsqu’elles ont leurs règles, des milliers d’autres n’ont pas les […]

Kenya conference raises awareness on sanitation and hygiene

WSSCC partners and members show case their work  By: Kevin Mwanza NAIROBI, Kenya – A four-day conference in Nairobi with a special focus on sanitation offered a timely opportunity for WSSCC-supported partners to make a show of “splash” on their work to leave no one behind and engage with other diverse sector players from the […]

Pit latrines changing lives

Toilets breathe new air in Qahir village – Kenya WAJIR, Kenya – Think about your home without a toilet. Now, think of the flies that float around your room, and its serious harmful impact on your health as a catalyst of oral-fecal transmission. That was the life for many people who practiced open defecation in […]

Village Sanitation Committees in Kenya jump into action

Making open defecation free campaign a reality NAROK, Kenya – Village Sanitation Committees are busy spearheading the drive in Kenya’s rural sides to accelerate progress on making villages free from open defecation by encouraging the local people to shift from the generations-long practice to proper toilet use. Inadequate access to sanitation and hygiene has long […]

Song inspires menstrual hygiene management in Kenya

‘I would not exist without menstruation’ – a local singer By Kevin Mwanza   KIISI, Kenya – A song in praise of menstruation breaks the code of silence around menstruation in Kenya, where many girls are still missing school while they are menstruating, thousands of others are unable to afford health products, and a large […]

A Call to Action: Delivering Rural Sanitation Programs at Scale, with Equit...

Two billion people lack basic sanitation and 72 per- cent of them live in rural areas. At the current pace, universal access to safely managed sanitation will not become a reality until the 22nd century. Diseases linked to poor sanitation and hygiene hit children and the most vulnerable hardest – women and girls are affected […]

Squat a moment in her shoes

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 […]

Video Message by Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Video Message by Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, for the side event on the margins of the 74th United Nations General Assembly: “Sanitation and Hygiene for a Clean Nigeria: Sharing Lessons and Key Insights,” convened by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council [English version] Excellencies, Ladies and […]

WSSCC/UNWomen Joint Programme Evaluation on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation ...

From 2014 to 2018 the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and UN Women implemented the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation. The objective of the programme was to support governments with the design of inclusive and evidence-based policies in the water and sanitation sector with special attention to the needs of women […]

Interview with Vinod Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator

GENEVA – As India advances its unprecedented, government-led movement, known as the Swachh Bharat Mission, to progress the ambition of the country being open defecation free, we sat down with Vinod Kumar Mishra, WSSCC India Coordinator, to discuss his views on how to reach the last mile in India and leave no one behind in […]

Interview with Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to saf...

GENEVA – Earlier in June, WSSCC had the opportunity to interview Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Here is what he has to say about the striking connection between sanitation and human rights. WSSCC: First of all, why […]

Dutch delegate visits WSSCC-supported programmes in Benin

By Carolien Van der Voorden, Wouter Coussement and Charles Dickson WSSCC’s partners and community leaders in Benin showcased the progress of Dutch-supported efforts to end open defecation as a representative of the Government of the Netherlands visited the Zoungué neighbourhood of the community of Glazoué. Ms Joke Baak, a thematic expert on sanitation and hygiene […]

Thousands of faith group members in India stand up for menstrual hygiene

By Vinod Mishra and Francesca Nava RISHIKESH, India – About 5,000 volunteers, pilgrims, devotees and religious students in India broke the silence on Menstrual Hygiene Day to shine an important light on menstruation – a topic often hidden and purposely avoided in the Hindi culture. In some parts of the country, women’s fertility is considered […]

Improving menstrual hygiene management in Tanzania is everyone’s responsibi...

By Francesca Nava DODOMA, Tanzania – Hygiene practitioners, boys and girls, humanitarian workers, government officials and parliamentarians are joining forces to raise a unified voice on menstruation. Flexing their muscles in a group photo, they emphasized that everyone, including government officials, sanitary pads suppliers and family members especially men, should be involved in actions to […]

Community triggering awakens Madagascar villages to open defecation free be...

By Hiro Saito and Charles Dickson ANDOHARANOVELONA, Madagascar – The discussion with villagers starts early in the morning. Volunteers are invited to draw a map of their village on the ground with chalk. One woman’s sketch shows 17 families – a total of 65 people – living in 11 red clay houses. She explains they […]

WSSCC co-convenes sessions at CSW63

WSSCC attended CSW63  and co-convened two side sessions during the  63rd Commission on the Status of Women. The side sessions focused on menstrual health and empowerment of women and girls providing access through public services. The following papers summarize the discussions and presentations.  

The Growth and Potential of Cross-Sectoral Collaboration in Advancing Compr...

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 […]

She is the solution: a day at the Kumbh Mela

Blog from Emily Deschaine, Acting Head, Partnerships It’s 10 am in Allahabad and the Kumbh Mela, the largest religious festival in the world, is bathed in sunlight. We’re sitting outside in a roundtable discussion on WASH and women’s empowerment, which has brought together faith leaders (male and female), development partners, civil society and even politicians. […]

WSSCC and GIWA spread the word on sanitation and water at Kumbh Mela

Faith-based, water-focused festival presents extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness among millions of people of the life-changing benefits of better hygiene The largest human gathering on Earth is assembling in India this month as tens of millions of people from across the country and around the world make their way to the city of Prayagrajfor the […]

WSSCC is pleased to announce the WASH Convention in Pakistan

WSSCC is pleased to announce the WASH Convention in Islamabad, Pakistan from 5-7 October. The comprehensive programme covers topics such as water governance reforms, prioritizing women and girls health and sanitation governance all through the SDG lens. The convention is a joint effort of organizations working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Pakistan. The convention […]

Shame of menstruation must be replaced with support for improved menstrual ...

WSSCC welcomes resolution promoting respect for the human rights of women and girls and their greater participation in society Geneva, 28 September 2018: A Human Rights Council resolution urging countries to take decisive action to ensure women and girls have universal access to information, products and facilities needed for improved menstrual hygiene has been warmly […]

Learning from India’s massive, country-wide people’s movement to end open d...

By Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, WSSCC India may be the world’s largest democracy, with 815 million eligible voters with access to the ballot. Much less a source of pride is the fact that, historically, so few Indians have access to a toilet. This situation is changing fast, however. As of 2014, for 550 million people […]

Qatar Fund for Development Signs a Memorandum of Understanding in partnersh...

Qatar Fund for Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. This agreement will cover the initial partnership framework for a period of 4 years. The agreement aims to provide a framework and facilitate cooperation […]

Webinar Announcement: How much evidence do we have on the effectiveness of ...

According to a 2017 report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, 3 in 10 people worldwide (2.1 billion) lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and more than 6 in 10 (4.5 billion) lack safely managed sanitation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) also set the Target 6.2 of universal […]

MHM Lab Convenor’s Manual (English and French)

The MHM Lab’s aim is simple: to transform menstruation into a matter of pride and help women and girls stop suffering in silence. By enabling safe and hygienic menstrual management (MHM), as well as safe reuse and/or disposal of menstrual hygiene products, the Lab allows women and girls to regain control of a basic but […]

Education is one of the policy focal areas, with WASH, for the Mandela 100 ...

One safe prediction for our world in the next future is that the biggest global problems will not disappear, and millions of people will keep feeling left behind by the forces of globalization unless we take immediate radical action. Governments, civil society organizations, development partners and businesses must increase their joint efforts to achieve the […]

Banka BioLoo Complementing Havells’s Nutrition Program with Sanitation

Sanjay Banka Banka BioLoo, Hyderabad, Telangana, India Havells, Alwar, Rajasthan, India     YEAR(S) CASE STUDY WAS IMPLEMENTED 2015 to 2018 CASE STUDY SUMMARY Havells, India’s largest electrical products manufacturer, has manufacturing facilities in several parts of India, the largest among them being in Alwar, Rajasthan. As a part of CSR initiative, the company has […]

WSSCC members share solutions to tackle inequalities in WASH

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC) launched a competition for its members this year in an effort to showcase the work of its diverse membership base, which comprises individuals and organizations working to highlight issues of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at the local, national and global levels. The winners of the WSSCC […]

Partout dans le monde, les membres du WSSCC profitent de la Journée de l’hy...

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. […]

WSSCC members disseminate awareness of Menstrual Health Issues on Global Me...

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 […]

Bridging the gender inequality gap in WASH through innovation: a spotlight ...

In May 2018, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) sent its members a call for proposals to submit an innovation that they had designed to reduce gender inequalities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The best candidates would receive sponsorship from the WSSCC to attend the regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in […]

HLPF 2018: Sanitation for Education and Health – An Integrated Approach to ...

(The article below was originally published with support from WSSCC by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, here) Presented by Water Supply and Sanitation Collaboration Council (WSSCC), State of Qatar (Qatar Fund for Development), Global Citizen, and Education Cannot Wait, this side event focused on sanitation as a key determinant of health and education. Panelists shared examples […]

Qatar Charity and WSSCC to cooperate on sanitation and hygiene for health, ...

Qatar Charity (QC), a leading Qatar-based organization with global reach, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a UN-hosted organization supporting large scale delivery of sanitation and hygiene programmes, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New York aimed at enhancing cooperation around sanitation and hygiene for health, education and livelihoods. Mr. […]

HLPF 2018: Putting menstrual health on the 2030 Agenda

On July 11, 2018 Simavi and WSSCC hosted a panel discussion during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, about “Putting Menstrual Health on the 2030 Agenda.” This event was the 5th of a live webinar series related to menstrual health management and was attended by over 100 in person and online participants. The event […]

Qatar Fund for Development and WSSCC Join Together at High-Profile New York...

Mr. Ali Abdulla Al Dabbagh, Deputy Director General for Planning at the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), and Mr. Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director of the UN-hosted Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), will speak to policy- and decision-makers in New York on Thursday, 12 July 2018, about the high returns that sanitation and hygiene […]

WSSCC to champion SDG 6 at 2018 High Level Political Forum

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018 offers an historic and unprecedented opportunity to accelerate momentum on SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Please join the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and its partners at the following events, which feature expert speakers and interactive discussions. In addition to the events, WSSCC and its 5,000 members from around the world will be […]

WSSCC welcomes Sue Coates as Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director

Ms. Sue Coates, a respected professional with a wealth of experience in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), academia, civil society, the private sector and advocacy and communication, joined the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today as its new Deputy Executive Director and Programme Director. Ms. Coates comes to WSSCC after serving most recently […]

Important new resources from our work in India, Cambodia and with IDS

Important new resources from our work in India, Cambodia and with IDS From India to Cambodia, and with partners such as the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), WSSCC and has been active in developing new training guides, reviews and reference briefs for members and the broader water, sanitation and hygiene sector. The new publications described […]

The Government of Nepal calls for dignified Menstrual Hygiene Management

Did you know …? Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges facing women and girls in Nepal have gained political attention: a policy on civil code of conduct against menstruation taboos and on dignified menstruation together with an MHM Master Plan (2018-2020) are in the process of formulation Four Ministers and speaker of the lower Parliament have […]

WSSCC, UN Women hold regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in...

UN Women and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) hold a regional conference on the reduction of gender inequalities in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector On 18 and 19 June, Dakar hosted the regional conference on the reduction of gender inequalities in the WASH sector. Over two days and coming from […]

WSSCC organised a #LetsTalkPeriod Tweet Chat to commemorate MH Day 2018

On the 28th of May 2018, Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated the world over in order to raise awareness on the issue, break the silence on MHM and break down taboos, myths and stigmas that disempower girls. To commemorate this day, WSSCC prepared a social media kit and encouraged its members to use it for virtual […]

Regional Conference on Reducing Gender Inequalities in the WASH sector

On 18 and 19 June 2018, the regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in the WASH sector in West and Central Africa will take place in Dakar (Senegal).

WSSCC, WaterAid and the Netherlands bring WASH, MHM to European Development...

WSSCC, with partners WaterAid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is co-hosting a special session at the European Development Days on the potential for WASH to empower women and girls, and more specifically looking at Menstrual Hygiene Management. The session will examine how millions of women and girls today lack the facilities, […]

Prochains événements pour promouvoir le programme d’assainissement et d’hyg...

Les mois à venir vont être chargés pour la communauté WASH internationale, un certain nombre d’événements et de journées importantes dans le secteur étant au programme.

Le Gouvernement sénégalais et le WSSCC montrent les gains WASH lors de la C...

Le WSSCC et ONU Femmes ont organisé un événement parallèle au cours de la 62ième session de la Commission de la condition de la femme.

Talking menstrual hygiene with Daniel Iroegbu

By Benedicta Arthur Intern, WSSCC Governance and Membership Unit WSSCC member Daniel Iroegbu knew he found his passion for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) work when he was in Primary 5 and attended a Boy’s Bridge Camp in rural Nigeria. He was struck by the deplorable health conditions among women and children. Since then, Daniel has […]

#NoMoreLimits! WSSCC members called to act, advocate on upcoming Menstrual ...

The world will celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018, which takes place on 28 May and has the theme (and hashtag) of #NoMoreLimits. To promote this day and the important messages it aims to spread, WSSCC will share tailored content about the importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). WSSCC’s members and partners are actively invited to: […]

WASH Progress from Senegal in focus during the 62nd CSW in New York

WSSCC and its partner UN Women co-convened a side event during the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2018. The cross-cutting session, entitled Sanitation: the challenge of rural women and girls in West and Central Africa, highlighted the issue of unlocking multiple benefits for rural women and girls through […]

Upcoming global events aim to move the sanitation and hygiene agenda forward

The coming months are a busy period for the international WASH community, with a number of important sector events and milestone days on the agenda. Collectively, the events offer members the opportunity to follow the international dialogue and developments concerning SDG target 6.2, and get involved. Be sure to follow WSSCC’s Twitter and Facebook pages […]

SACOSAN Special! Voices of people in vulnerable situations in South Asia

The 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN VII) kicks off on 10 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. SACOSAN Is a powerful agent for sanitation and hygiene progress in South Asia and in recent years has highlighted, in particular, the voices, and needs, of people in vulnerable situations. This year, the Freshwater Action Network South […]

Leave No One Behind: Voices of women in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This blog […]

Leave No One Behind: Access to sanitation improved in Bangladesh, but still...

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This blog […]

Leave No One Behind: Voices of people from hard-to-reach areas in rural Bhu...

Editor’s Note: For the last month, the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and WSSCC have facilitated national level consultation meetings with marginalized communities to identify key issues and messages to be represented at SACOSAN, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene, which takes place 10-14 April 2018 in Islamabad, Pakistan. While no […]

WSSCC at the 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN)

In April, WSSCC is pleased to continue its longstanding engagement in the South Asian Conference on Sanitation. The event is themed Safe Sanitation in South Asia – Plan 2030, and takes place 10-14 April 2018, Islamabad, Pakistan. ‘SACOSAN is a vibrant mechanism for learning and sharing, assessing progress, regional advocacy and benchmarking,’ says WSSCC Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk, […]

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: a case study ...

From 19 February to 9 March 2018, the 69th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) took place in Geneva. CEDAW is the body of 23 independent experts on women’s rights from around the world that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against […]

WSSCC and UN Women to host side event on 20 March at the Commission on the ...

WSSCC and UN Women will convene a side event on 20 March in New York during the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The cross-cutting session, entitled Sanitation: the challenge of rural women and girls in West and Central Africa, will highlight the issue of unlocking multiple benefits for rural women and girls […]

WSSCC facilitated its first ever MHM training for parliamentarians in Tanza...

WSSCC facilitated a MHM training for Tanzanian Members of Parliament (MP) from the 10th to 11th of February 2018, in Dodoma, Tanzania.

Breaking the silence on menstruation: Menstrual Hygiene Management Training...

WSSCC conducted a 5-day training of trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management for government officials across different departments in Saharanpur.

As We Grow Up: A Tactile Book on Menstrual Hygiene Management Facilitator’s...

This manual is for facilitators using As We Grow Up: A Tactile Book on Menstrual Hygiene Management. The tactile book has been designed in consultation with visually impaired women and girls to break the silence on menstruation, provide spaces for dialogue and discussion, increased understanding and information. It was developed by the Water Supply and […]

Pioneering Senegal Menstrual Hygiene Study focuses on Female Genital Mutila...

Does FGM have implications for the management of menstrual hygiene? A team of researchers from Senegal investigate the question.

WSSCC welcomes Rolf Luyendijk as Executive Director

WSSCC welcomes Rolf Luyendijk, a Dutch national with extensive UNICEF experience, who will start 1 March 2018

Taking Menstrual Hygiene Management from Stigma to Social Change

WSSCC’s Virginia Kamowa, writes how menstruation is associated with one of the most pervasive stigmas that holds back gender equality

The inception of a political movement for Menstrual Hygiene Management in N...

The Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in Niger has made considerable progress in in promoting sanitation and hygiene for women and girls

WSSCC Members and Partners Raise Awareness on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Members have successfully been at the forefront of initiatives to break taboos and promote a safe and equal access to sanitation and hygiene

WSSCC experts share WASH expertise in a series of blogs

A series of blogs by our in-house experts contribute to the WASH and broader development sectors

Les gros titres et les temps forts de l’année 2017

Le WSSCC vous souhaite de joyeuses fêtes ! En 2017, le WSSCC a continué ses efforts visant à assurer l’atteinte de la cible 6.2 des ODD

Headlines and Highlights from 2017

WSSCC continued to play a significant role in the national, regional and global efforts towards achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all

Field Mission in Cameroon Highlights Challenges for MHM in Refugee Camps

On International Migrants Day, study findings from refugee camps in Cameroon highlight MHM challenges in humanitarian settings

A conversation on the Human Rights to water and sanitation

On international Human Rights Day, WSSCC’s Enrico Muratore discusses the Human Rights to water and sanitation

Raise Your Voice for Menstrual Hygiene Management: A Participant’s Perspect...

WSSCC member Daniel Karanja argues that male inclusion is vital if we wish to normalize MHM

Momentum on Sanitation and Hygiene Builds in Nigeria

The recently held Inter-Ministerial dialogue in Abuja highlighted the need for a harmonized national sanitation policy to end open defecation

WSSCC Fulfils its SACOSAN VI Commitments to Train Governments and Influence...

WSSCC will facilitate a regional Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Training of Trainers (ToT) in Sri Lanka

Addressing Climate Change Means Addressing the Global Sanitation Crisis

Sanitation can provide solutions to climate change mitigation says WSSCC’s David Shimkus in this blog for the SDG Knowledge Hub

Photo gallery: WSSCC Members and partners mark Global Handwashing Day 2017

This year’s theme Our Hands Our Future highlighted the importance of handwashing to ensure a healthy future for all

Parliamentarians in Cameroon discuss sanitation and hygiene challenges for ...

Lawmakers unanimously agreed to push for policies and direct actions to ensure safe and adequate sanitation for women

WSSCC and Partners Promote Sanitation and Hygiene at UNGA Events

The Minister of Water for Nigeria announced that Nigeria will empower 5.5 million people to achieve Open Defecation Free status by 2018

Menstrual Hygiene Management integrated in two national strategies in Camer...

The strategies explicitly include Menstrual Hygiene Management in their goals

Awaken your Global Citizen!

Learn how your voice can add to the global movement to improve sanitation and hygiene – become a Global Citizen!

WSSCC at the UN General Assembly in New York 18 -23 September 2017

WSSCC’s busy agenda for the coming week promoting sanitation and hygiene is available here

WSSCC’s Work in Kenya – Innovative Approaches for Better Sanitation

With innovative and targeted programming, WSSCC has supported 81,500 people in Kenya to live in Open Defecation Free (ODF) environments

Water Week Blog: Holding Ourselves Accountable as Global WASH Citizens

Read the latest blog from Executive Director Christopher Williams at World Water Week

Now Available: WSSCC 2016 Annual Report

It describes in detail the organization’s impact on the health and livelihoods for millions of people last year

Open Defecation Goes Mainstream in New Bollywood Love Story

It already features among the most successful Hindi movies of 2017

Q&A with the Netherland’s Pim van der Male on Menstrual Hygiene Management

The Netherland’s Senior Policy Officer for WASH raises important issues surrounding MHM

Research and Action: the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene ...

Drawing your attention to the programmes’ documentation on sanitation behaviour practices in Senegal

Country Focus: Senegal – Improving Community Development and Health Outcome...

The GSF-supported Senegal programme uses its sanitation and hygiene focus to improve the living conditions and health of disadvantaged communities

Global Sanitation Fund reports improvements in sanitation and hygiene for m...

WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund has supported 13 countries to enable 15 million people to end open defecation

A WSSCC Member Shares Five Lessons From Menstrual Hygiene Management Training

WSSCC member Neha Basnet recently took part in WSSCC’s Menstrual Hygiene Management training in Nepal.  She shares her insights and recommendations

Health and Hygiene across the Life Course: World Health Assembly side sess...

The session drew attention to sustainable hygiene and health solutions, highlighting policy advances and often-neglected areas of sanitation

Josephat’s journey: How a local government actor in Kenya became a WASH cha...

Find out how Josephat Geteya Onchari was triggered to become a key WASH champion for Kenya

First Ladies and Bikers: Innovative Ways to Celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day

Celebrations led by our partners around the world had great effect on MHM Day

Overcoming the fear and shame associated with menstruation in Bangladesh

Nupur shares her journey from the fear and isolation of first menses to becoming an MHM champion

Menstrual Health and Vitality: Breaking the Silence, Stemming the Flood

In order to truly break the silence let’s ensure that periods are no longer considered as shameful

Patricia Mulongo braves her own hearing impairment to break the silence on ...

She is determined that no one is left behind in menstrual hygiene management

Bridging the Divide on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Common ground on women’s empowerment – WSSCC’s Unjela Kaleem discusses the implications of poor sanitation with Johnson and Johnson

WSSCC member Hari Devkota
Starting a toilet campaign in southern Nepal

A WSSCC member works at community level by mobilizing local volunteers and families to end open defecation in southern Nepal.

#WSSCCArchives: Gender and WASH Studies in the WSSCC Library

Presenting the Council’s documents and reports on Gender and WASH

Promoting School WASH through the Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF works with schools and the broader education sector to achieve sustainable sanitation and hygiene for all

D’Un Point à l’Autre : Promouvoir des mesures sanitaires pour les filles da...

Une réussite en Ouganda… où notre coordinateur national plaide en faveur de la formation à la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle (GHM) et de son enseignement dans les écoles.

Labour Day 2017: Working Without WASH

On Labour Day, WSSCC’s Rockaya Aidara writes that attention must be drawn to WASH challenges for women in the workplace

2017 World Health Assembly Side Event: Health and Hygiene across the Life C...

The event will discuss approaches to ensure good hygiene and health practices across the different stages of life

“No one came to tell you what to do. You were empowered”: Nigeria celebrate...

Obanliku Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross River State, Nigeria is the first of the 774 LGAs in the country to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status

Linking WASH with Mental Health: Evidence from the WSSCC Library

We list some of our studies that evidence the links between poor sanitation and psycho-social stress

WSSCC’s first 2017 Webinar session : Inadequate Sanitation and Stress

The universal nature of psycho social stress related to poor or inadequate sanitation is raised in this webinar

Every Single SDG Thread Runs Through SDG 6.2, says UN DSGeneral/ Former Cha...

WSSCC and UNOG host a Reception for H.E. Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

10 reasons to partner with the Global Sanitation Fund

The GSF invests in behaviour change activities that enable people to improve their sanitation

Women’s lack of access to sanitation hinders their participation in society...

Findings of a new UN Women/WSSCC study in Niger on MHM practices were presented at a side event during CSW61.

Talking Toilets in Durban, South Africa on World Water Day

WSSCC, in partnership with Global Citizen and the World Bank, celebrates World Water Day with a panel session dedicated to sanitation.

MHM –The experience of nomadic and sedentary populations in Niger

This study examines and analyzes behaviours and practices for the management of menstrual hygiene and their impact on the living conditions of sed­entary and nomadic women and girls in Niger.

Les membres du WSSCC s’engagent à sensibiliser à la gestion de l’hygiène me...

Nos membres ont été parmi les premiers à mener avec succès des initiatives visant à lever les tabous et à promouvoir l’accès sûr et égal à l’assainissement et à l’hygiène

Championing women through the work of the Global Sanitation Fund

Global Sanitation Fund programmes are designed to incorporate gender considerations and equity dimensions.

#IWD2017 Podcast from WSSCC’s hygiene partner SCA: Hygiene matters to every...

The podcast encourages discussion on menstrual and feminine hygiene issues and the right to sanitation for women and girls.

Women’s rights are human rights, period

On International Women’s Day, Chris Williams writes that there is more to adding women to the workplace; they need an enabling space

WSSCC launches its Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

With SDG 6.2 at its heart, the strategy identifies the results WSSCC would like to achieve, the issues it will work on and regions where it will work

Tackling menstrual waste management in West and Central Africa

The lack of adequate sanitation and waste systems presents a considerable challenge for sustainable waste management across Africa.

Putting the well-being of women first: how one WSSCC member is working to ...

WSSCC Member Daniel Iroegbu’s inspirational work is impacting the lives of women and girls in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

Nepal’s Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation Commits to Break the Silenc...

The event included able and disabled women and girls, who traveled from many parts of Nepal to share their real-life experiences.

WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams at the Second National Sanitation C...

Executive Director Chris Williams reinforced WSSCC’s mandate that supports Sustainable Development Goal 6.2.

WSSCC achievements in 2016: paving the way for sanitation for all

WSSCC is working to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.2, to provide sanitation and hygiene for all, and does this in a number of ways.

Field mission in Senegal highlights strengths and weaknesses of sanitation ...

The mission was to collect data to make proposals for a better integration of MHM into sanitation projects.

Enhancing sanitation programming through real-time learning

In Cambodia, a Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programme is using real-time and action learning techniques to increase its impact.

WSSCC thanks its members for another successful year 

WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams sends greetings to members in his end-of-year message.

Advocating for Sanitation at Kenya Water Week

The first Kenya Water Week was held in Nairobi from 20-25 November 2016, with the theme “From Aid to Trade”.

Our members in action in Uganda, Madagascar, Nepal and Sierra Leone

Find out what steps some of our members recently took to inspire change in their communities.

Gender and CLTS: Evidence from Madagascar

Gender equality, serving the most vulnerable, and addressing the particular needs of women and girls are among the core principles of the GSF.

Nigeria’s roundtable conference on Community-Led Total Sanitation: Eight ta...

Participants shared best practices, common challenges, and promising innovations to end open defecation by 2025.

Global Citizen Festival comes to India in unprecedented celebration raising...

The first ever Global Citizen Festival in India took place in Mumbai with an unprecedented gathering of 80,000 citizens from India.

Best Practices of the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation

After two years of implementation, the Joint Programme has contributed to filling knowledge gaps on sanitation and hygiene for women and girls living in West and Central Africa.

Sanitation Action Summit brings India’s voices together

To support and accelerate India’s Swachh Bharat Mission for a clean India for all.

Inspired by ‘Clean India’ Movement, Amina Mohammed Will Bring Sanitation to...

Like India, a disproportionate number of Nigerians – over 110 million – have little or no access to improved sanitation.

Leaving No One Behind in the Quest to Clean India

What better way to promote the economy than to emphasize inclusive growth through sanitation for all?

WSSCC members invited to join Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene

Members now benefit from automatic approval to join the WSSCC-hosted Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene (CoP) on LinkedIn

Information letter 8 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene an...

Highlighting the main points and events since the beginning of this year (1 January), this information letter focuses on: responding to the situation of refugee women and girls in Cameroon and providing some recommendations; the Joint Programme featured at the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women through a side event on […]

WSSCC and partners mark Global Handwashing Day 2016

The theme of the annual advocacy event was to make handwashing a habit.

Sanitation Action Summit Urges Swachh Bharat to Leave No One Behind

WSSCC kicks off a Sanitation Action Summit to accelerate progress on WASH by giving voice to the needs of India’s most vulnerable citizens.

Thematic discussion: Research into use/Applied research in water, sanitatio...

WSSCC and the Mzuzu University are holding a joint 3-week thematic online discussion on applied research in WASH.

Amina Mohammed Pledges an Open Defecation Free Nigeria by 2025

WSSCC Chair Amina J. Mohammed also commits to empowering 15 million people to end open defecation by 2020.

The Netherlands announces $50 million contribution to WSSCC for global sani...

The funding will enable WSSCC to empower 5 million additional people to access improved sanitation by 2020.

Listening to WSSCC members and stakeholders for new 2017-2020 strategic plan

In June, July and August WSSCC reached out to its members and partners in 16 countries through dedicated national consultations.

WSSCC to launch report, engage partners at UNGA

WSSCC looks forward to contributing to discussions with partners and stakeholders during events this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

WSSCC and FANSA release country reports in Leave No One Behind campaign

The reports cover the sanitation needs of vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

WSSCC and partners strengthen WASH commitments at World Water Week

WSSCC’s participation and partnerships at the conference reinforced the council’s achievements and commitments to the WASH sector.

Strong presence for WSSCC at 6th Africa Water Week Conference

Sessions addressed key issues and provided recommendations for action required to achieve universal and equitable access to WASH.

WSSCC Menstrual Hygiene Management training in Kenya breaks silence on mens...

The workshop was the first national ToT and was attended by 77 participants.

WSSCC to take part of 6th Africa Water Week Conference

The council will convene a technical session with highlights from the GSF programmes.

Study on rural sanitation in India aims to answer questions on behaviour ch...

A new research has identified and analysed key barriers and motivators of change in sanitation and hygiene behaviour.

What should WSSCC do differently in 2017-2020? Recommendations from Malawi ...

The Malawi national consultation workshop was the first in a series of 16 national consultations.

WSSCC Policy Workshop in Senegal aims to integrate Menstrual Hygiene Manage...

The event in Dakar highlights the need to include MHM in government strategies.

Global Sanitation Fund reports advances in sanitation and hygiene for commu...

A new report shows that GSF-supported programmes have enabled close to 11 million people to end open defecation.

Menstrual Hygiene Management, SDGs and the Private Sector – Women Deliver 2...

This cross-cutting session highlighted the issue of MHM and the importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches to unlock multiple benefits for women and girls.

Championing Menstrual Hygiene Management at Women Deliver 2016

WSSCC and its partners actively promoted MHM at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen.

Workshop builds foundation for MHM research in Cameroon, Niger and Senegal

Researchers gathered discussed objectives and actions for an MHM pilot study.

UN Women and WSSCC to Promote Menstrual Hygiene Management in Cameroon

UN Women and WSSCC are holding a five day workshop to train key stakeholders on MHM in Cameroon.

From taboo to empowerment: menstruation and gender equality

Menstruation and menstrual hygiene are emerging as pivotal issues for gender equality, human rights and development.

MHM: Father figures implored to act

In Uganda, actors celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day by calling upon father figures to support menstruating girls.

Breaking the Silence on Menstruation – Blog

Participants from over 25 countries learned how WSSCC breaks the silence on MHM at the Women Deliver conference 2016.

Menstrual Hygiene Management: SDGs and the Private Sector – Official Partne...

This cross-cutting session co-hosted by WSSCC and its partners will highlight the issue of Menstrual Hygiene Management and the importance of breaking taboos and fighting stigma through evidence-based approaches to unlock multiple benefits for women and girls. Download our event flyer to find out more. This session will bring together experts from WASH, Human Rights, […]

Achieving Gender Equality through WASH

Highlights from the side event at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

Nneoma Nwankwo named Virginia Tech’s Undergraduate Student of the Year

Ms. Nwankwo participated in a Menstrual Hygiene Management training organized by WSSCC last year.

WSSCC at the Commission on the Status of Women

WSSCC joined passionate gender activists, civil society organizations & UN entities at CSW in New York.

Leave No One Behind: Voices of the marginalized at SACOSAN-VI

At SACOSAN 6, WSSCC highlighted the plight of underserved groups, and their need for safe and satisfactory WASH.

Launch of MHM research results in Yaounde, Cameroon

In November 2015, UN Women and WSSCC launched the results of a study on menstrual hygiene in Yaounde, Cameroon at an event attended by government officials, members of the diplomatic community and civil society organizations. Titled “Menstrual Hygiene Management: Behaviour and Practices in Kye-Ossi and Bamoungoum, Cameroon”, the study is the third in a series […]

The menstrual taboo in India and in the US: What does it look like, why doe...

This blog was written by Kiran Gandhi, gender equality activist and musician,  and John Harvey, Senior Project Implementation and Communications Officer, Binti LLP. In April 2015, I ran the London Marathon bleeding-freely on the first day of my period in order to raise awareness about period stigma around the world. Many here in the western hemisphere don’t believe […]

Information letters – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and...

WSSCC and UN Women issue a quarterly information letter on the Joint Programme on “Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation”.

Breaking the silence on menstrual hygiene management: training trainers in ...

This blog was written by Virginia Kamowa, Senior Programme Officer for Global Advocacy at WSSCC. For feedback and questions, please send an e-mail to Seventy-one participants from south India and Kenya have learnt how to train others on menstrual hygiene management (MHM), and also influence MHM policy and practice at all levels, thanks to […]

Partnerships to Unlock the Global Goals

Archana Patkar (WSSCC) and Kersti Strandqvist (SCA) were featured speakers during the 2015 Global Child Forum, a prestigious event attended by high-level representatives from business, civil society, government and academia. The GCF is hosted annually by the King and Queen of Sweden, and takes place at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. This year’s theme was […]

WSSCC increases support to Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi, India – 30 October 2015 – Today, the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) announced that it will amplify its support to the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the Government of India’s (GOI) programme to achieve a Clean India by 2019, by establishing an in country India Support Unit and bolstering its work […]

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment ...

Yaoundé, 2 November, 2015. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Cameroon in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) will officially launch the results of a study on menstrual hygiene in Cameroon on Tuesday November 3, 2015 in Yaoundé. The study titled “Menstrual Hygiene […]

Senegal: new agreement signals concrete action to integrate MHM into policy...

The signing of a memorandum of understanding between WSSCC and the Government of Senegal in October 2015 takes the country a step closer towards much-needed policy and behaviour change to improve women’s and girls’ rights to water and sanitation. The agreement, coordinated through the Millennium Drinking Water and Sanitation Programme (PEPAM), is an integral part […]

WSSCC and partners in action: Highlights from Global Handwashing Day 2015

Global Handwashing Day is the centerpiece of a week of activities that mobilize millions of people worldwide to wash their hands with soap. First launched by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing on 15 October 2008, Global Handwashing Day is now an annual event designed to raise awareness and foster the practice of handwashing with […]

Cameroon: Experts warn of disease outbreak from poor menstrual hygiene

Bertoua, Cameroon: 2 October 2015. Field staff of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and a plethora of other Humanitarian experts working with female refugees from the Central African Republic in some seven refugee camps in eastern Cameroon have warned of a possible outbreak of vaginal infections […]

Swedish PM commits to improve sanitation for 60 million people

The Executive Director met with the Prime Minister of Sweden backstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on 26 September 2015. The two discussed the importance of sanitation for women’s education, health and economic empowerment. The Executive Director thanked the Prime Minister for his commitment,  to improve sanitation for 60 million people by […]

GSF-supported programmes empower close to 10 million to end open defecation

The latest results from the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) show that national programmes stretching from Cambodia to Senegal have enabled close to 10 million people in more than 36,500 communities to end open defecation. Téléchargez le Rapport D‘Avancement 2015 (FR) These results are published in the GSF’s latest Progress Report, highlighting cumulative results from the […]

The Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene

Preamble We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegations responsible for sanitation and hygiene in Africa, together with senior civil servants, academics, civil society, development partners and the private sector at the 4thAfrican Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene (AfricaSan), convened by the Government of Senegal with support from the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in […]

From Stigma to Dignity: Breaking Taboos through Innovative Partnerships

WSSCC and SCA have concluded the first chapter of an innovative new partnership to break the silence around menstruation for women and girls.

Menstrual Hygiene Practices, WASH Access and the Risk of Urogenital Infecti...

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) practices vary worldwide and depend on the individual’s socioeconomic status, personal preferences, local traditions and beliefs, and access to water and sanitation resources. MHM practices can be particularly unhygienic and inconvenient for girls and women in poorer settings. Little is known about whether unhygienic MHM practices increase a woman’s exposure to […]

From Stigma to Dignity Menstruation, Incontinence and other Blind Spots in ...

Arranged by SCA and WSSCC in connection with the Gothenburg Finale of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, with participation by Sida in support of Global efforts towards sustainable Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

MHM: Possible solutions for breaking taboos

By Idrissa Sane Dismantling the prejudices that surround menstruation is a topic that concerns organizations such as UN Women and WSSCC, which recently organized a panel discussion on the issue. The speakers invited mothers to discuss the matter with their daughters. They also suggested developing persuasive arguments and offering training to teachers. Some believe that […]

AfricaSan 2015: The Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene

The Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene, Adopted by the African Ministers responsible for sanitation and hygiene on 27 May 2015 at AfricaSan4.

WSSCC welcomes university students from Taiwan’s International Youth Ambass...

On Tuesday, 19 May, WSSCC welcomed four representatives of Taiwan’s International Youth Ambassador Exchange Program for a learning and sharing session on the issue of menstrual hygiene management (MHM).


The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Uganda

Covering 30 districts, the ‘Uganda Sanitation Fund’ (USF) enables communities to gain access to basic sanitation and adopt good hygiene practices.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Togo

The programme in Togo is a key contributor to the national movement ‘Togo Sans Défécation à l’Air Libre’ (‘Open Defecation Free Togo’).

The India Support Unit

The ‘Promoting Sustainable Sanitation in Rural India’ programme supports efforts to tackle the enormous sanitation challenge in the country.

The Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme in Ethiopia

ESHIP aims to scale up WASH improvement across rural communities to help achieve national WASH goals.

WSSCC co-hosts UNHQ meeting on menstrual hygiene management: moving from aw...

WSSCC and Swedish hygiene products company SCA co-hosted a meeting at the UN headquarters on Monday, 11 May, entitled “From Shame to Pride: Unlocking Potential for Women and Girls through Menstrual Hygiene Management”. The session brought together a wide variety of delegates from government, academia, UN, NGOs, journalists and the private sector, which provided for engaging discussion.


Global Poverty Project – Global Earth Day

The Global Poverty Project held a celebration for Global Earth Day and WSSCC highlighted the issue of sanitation.

GSF reports large-scale advances in sanitation & hygiene for communities in...

A new report shows that GSF-supported programmes have enabled 7 million people in more than 20,500 communities to end open defecation.

UN Women and WSSCC Call for Global Action on Ending Menstruation Taboos and...

Studies reveal that women and girls lack access to clean water, private spaces for managing their menstruation, and functioning toilets.

A Call for Action on Menstrual Hygiene: UN Women & WSSCC Experts to Present...

On Friday, March 13, the Permanent Missions of Singapore and Senegal to the United Nations will host a discussion on the links between gender equality and the WASH sector, to articulate the need for health, education, water, and sanitation services as a prerequisite to economic progress for women and girls, societies, and economies.

Menstrual Hygiene Management – WSSCC/UN Women Studies on Behaviour and Prac...

The three studies provide critical information about menstrual hygiene management knowledge & practices in Senegal and Cameroon.

Post-2015 WASH Targets & Indicators – Questions & Answers

Why should water, sanitation and hygiene be priorities in the Post-2015 development agenda?

Reaching out on hygiene and health in China

The seminar, “Hygiene Matters 2014” focused on the findings of a recent survey conducted in seven Chinese cities.

Break the Silence – Factsheet in Chinese

Menstrual hygiene is still a taboo subject, neglected in adolescent girls’ and women’s health, education and quality of life. Even sectors such as water and sanitation, which routinely deal with unmentionables such as excreta, ignore girls’ and women’s need for safe spaces to manage menstrual hygiene and mechanisms for safe disposal of materials used to absorb menstrual blood.



On World Toilet Day, new WHO/UN-Water Report reveals vital need for informa...

On World Toilet Day WSSCC as part of the United Nations is highlighting the fact that one out of three women around the world lack access to safe toilets. As a result they face disease, shame and potential violence when they seek a place to defecate.

SCA and WSSCC Partner to Break Silence around Menstruation

SCA and WSSCC have today entered into an innovative new partnership to break the silence around menstruation for women and girls around the world.

World Toilet Day around the globe

Read and watch all World Toilet Day highlights from various events around the world.

Seven journalists win prestigious media awards for excellence in reporting ...

7 journalists were named today as winners of the “2014 WASH Media Awards” competition for their excellence in reporting on WASH-related issues.

Momentum picks up in UMATA GSF programme in Tanzania

The August edition of UMATA News highlights recent activities in a programme which is starting to show real momentum in terms of implementation.

WSSCC to participate in first National Menstrual Hygiene Management Confere...

the 2014 National Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Conference is being organised from 14 to 15 August 2014 at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

Starting the conversation in West and Central Africa

WSSCC and UN Women began active implementation of their new partnership in Senegal from 13 to 15 June 2014.

Kenyans celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May 2014

In Kenya, the Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations were hosted by the County Governor and government of Tharaka Nithi.

New Violence, Gender and WASH Toolkit launched

WSSCC is proud to be a co-publisher of an important new sector resource, the Violence, Gender and WASH Toolkit.

“Menstrual Hygiene in Schools” report published

The proceedings document is now available from a 2013 Menstrual Hygiene Management Virtual Conference organized by UNICEF and Columbia University.

SWA meeting yields new promises of access, growth and equality

The High Level Meeting came one day after a preparatory session at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)

Inspiring Change for Women’s Rights and Dignity – Meeting Report

For every woman who is unafraid and every girl who can dream, millions remain unsung and uncelebrated, caught in a bleak cycle of toil and trauma. Condemned at birth in many societies to be the helper, producer, reproducer, water bearer, nurse, cleaner and housekeeper, women and girls know what the world has yet to recognize […]

Equality and Non-discrimination in focus at OHCHR-WSSCC session for Interna...

For International Women’s Day, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will hold a high-level conference called ‘Inspiring Change to Promote Women’s Rights and Dignity’. The conference takes place Friday, 7 March 2014, in the United Nations Palais in Geneva, Switzerland. Please note that […]

Evidence to Policy: The Great WASH Yatra and WSSCC’s 3-Prong Approach to Me...

In 2012, WSSCC designed and ran a Menstrual Hygiene Lab as part of the Great WASH Yatra that journeyed through five Indian states and 2,000km over 51 days. Twelve thousand girls and women took part in focus group discussions and WSSCC collected preliminary data from 747 participants. This note highlights what they shared.

Final Report on the Nirmal Bharat Yatra

This report highlight WSSCC’s efforts associated with the adding of Menstrual Hygiene Management to the Nirmal Bharat Yatra – a carnival across the Indian heartland that also spread messages about hand washing and stopping open defecation. MHM Lab reached 12,000 women and girls directly through focus group discussions.

Executive Director Chris Williams highlights 7 challenges and opportunities...

WSSCC Executive Director Christopher Williams was a key speaker on day one of the Thematic Debate on ‘Water, Sanitation, and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda’ convened in New York at UN Headquarters on 18-19 February 2014.  Dr. Williams highlighted 7 important areas that the international and national development communities must address in order to speed up progress on current and future water and sanitation goals and targets. 


Urmila Chanam wins the Laadli Media and Advertising Award for an article on...

Urmila Chanam is a Social Development Professional in HIV/AIDS, Gender Rights Activist & Journalist.  She won the Laadli Media and Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity in Hyderabad for her article ” We don’t talk about it at all: The taboo of menstruation in rural Maharashtra, a major deterrent in achieving menstrualhygiene” carried on India Water Portal 

WSSCC Supports Indian Government Effort to Integrate Menstrual Hygiene in K...

The Government of India has approved a proposal to change the NBA guidlines, recognizing the importance of MHM.

World Toilet Day gets UN Recognition

Worldwide, some 2.5 billion people, or more than a third of the world’s population, do not have access to proper sanitation.

Nous ne pouvons plus attendre: on doit œuvrer ensemble en faveur de l’assai...

Un nouveau rapport a été présenté à l’occasion d’un événement organisé par les Nations Unies à New York pour marquer officiellement la première Journée mondiale des toilettes.

We can’t wait: we should work together to tackle sanitation for women’s hea...

The new report was presented today at a UN event in New York which celebrates recognition of the first official World Toilet Day.

We can’t wait: we should work together to tackle sanitation for women’s hea...

Governments, civil society and business should work together to tackle sanitation for women’s health; say United Nations organisation, Unilever and WaterAid

19th November 2013, New York – A collaborative approach between governments, civil society and business is essential to getting the Millennium Development Goal sanitation target back on track. This is critical to improve the health and prosperity of women worldwide, says a new report jointly published by the United Nations hosted organisation Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, international development organisation WaterAid and Unilever’s leading toilet brand Domestos.

Engage with WSSCC on Menstrual Hygiene Management

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has four pillars of work around Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM):

  • Advocacy and Communication
  • Policy and Research
  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Access and Use


BRIEFING NOTE – Evidence to Policy: The Great WASH Yatra and WSSCC’s 3-Pron...

In 2012, WSSCC designed and ran a Menstrual Hygiene Lab as part of the Great WASH Yatra that journeyed through five Indian states and 2,000km over 51 days. Twelve thousand girls and women took part in focus group discussions and WSSCC collected preliminary data from 747 participants. This document gives insight what the participants shared during the discussions and how the three-prong approach to MHM can help manage menstruation hygienically.

WSSCC helps train Nepalese NGO workers on menstrual hygiene management appr...

On 19 October, two days before the official start of SACOSAN V, WSSCC and its partner Lumanti, led by its Executive Director Lajana Manandhar, led a “trainer the trainers” session on Menstrual Hygiene Management for some 30 representatives of Nepalese NGOs. The diverse group included 20 women and 10 men from all regions of the country. 


In Reproductive Health journal, WSSCC’s Archana Patkar joins call to invest...

Bringing together over 4,500 participants from 149 countries, the Women Deliver conference in May this year was one of the largest ever gatherings of policymakers, advocates and researchers aimed exclusively at women’s health and empowerment.

Menstrual Hygiene Management: Training of Master Trainers – New Delhi, Indi...

This report presents the main highlights and insights from the Training of Trainers (ToT) on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Programme, which was run by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) from September 24- 27, 2013 in New Delhi with the support of the Indian Institute of Public Administration. The first of its kind, […]

Putting menstrual hygiene management on the agenda of West and Central Afri...

Since 2012, WSSCC’s work with the important emerging issue of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) has focused on South Asia, but beginning with a 13-14 September 2013 workshop in Dakar, Senegal, this effort is now being broadened to West Africa.

UN moves to officially recognise November 19th as ‘World Toilet Day’

Statement by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson On the adoption by the General Assembly of “Sanitation for All” Resolution

Quick action to tackle sanitation

Waterborne infections are a serious factor behind prevailing under-nutrition and stunting in rural India.

A Systematic Review of the Health and Social Effects of Menstrual Hygiene M...

Menstruation is a natural and beneficial monthly occurrence in healthy adolescent girls and pre-menopausal adult women. It concerns women and men alike as it is among the key determinants of human reproduction and parenthood. Differing approaches to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) have been associated with a wide range of health and psycho-social outcomes in lower […]

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

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.  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. The event  also included the launch of SHARE and WaterAid’s new Menstrual Hygiene Matters resource.

WSSCC’s Archana Patkar highlights sanitation equity for UK parliamentarians

WSSCC’s Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management, Ms. Archana Patkar, was a key participant at “Universal access to water and sanitation – More than a pipedream?” an event, held yesterday,  Monday 4 March 2013 at the UK House of Commons in London.

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk – experts

At least 23 percent of girls in India leave school when they start menstruating and the rest miss an average of five days during each monthly menstrual period between the ages of 12 and 18, according to WSSCC, a partnership run by government, non-governmental organisation (NGO) members and a United  Nations-hosted secretariat.

The Nirmal Bharat Great WASH Yatra: what a long, strange and wonderful jour...

WSSCC’s Senior Programme Officer Communications, David Trouba, reports from the Nirmal Bharat Yatra in India.

Speech by Archana Patkar at the Nirmal Bharat Yatra launch

At a press conference on 28 September in Delhi, India, WSSCC’s Archana Patkar, Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management, joined high-ranking public officials, Bollywood celebrities, sports stars and sanitation and hygiene professionals at a press conference to launch the Nirmal Bharat Yatra (NBY). Her speech is below.

WSSCC supports International Women’s Day – Breaking the silence on Menstrua...

 International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March in many countries around the world as an occasion to globally recognize women’s achievements, as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues that still persist. WSSCC highlights the plight of women and girls who continue to suffer the indignity of not having access to basic facilities during their menstruation.

New Research to Develop Menstrual Hygiene Guidelines for Practitioners

Menstrual hygiene is a much neglected issue within the water and sanitation sector and there are critical gaps in the body of evidence on menstrual hygiene, including a lack of systematic studies analyzing best practices in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

Global Sanitation Fund: Cambodian Government, Plan International Cambodia t...

Cambodian Government and Plan International Cambodia team up to implement the Global Sanitation Fund programme with $5 million from WSSCC.

Professor Anna Tibaijuka takes over as WSSCC Chair

Professor Anna Tibaijuka takes over as WSSCC Chair

On World Toilet Day, UN Committee urges states to take sanitation seriously

A key UN human rights committee will adopt a statement* Friday –  coinciding with World Toilet Day – which details massive problems relating to sanitation across the globe, and urging States to ensure that “everyone, without discrimination, has physical and affordable access to sanitation that is safe, hygienic, secure, socially and culturally acceptable, provides privacy and ensures dignity.”

Anna Tibaijuka to Chair WSSCC

The Steering Committee of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) today elected Professor Anna Tibaijuka, Former Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, as its new Chair.

Making Every Drop Count – Financing WASH in Ethiopia

One sixth of all Africans who need access to safe water live in Ethiopia. Without improving access to safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene, the MDG targets on infant mortality, girls’ access to primary education and poverty cannot and will not be met. This publication addresses the issue of financing these most vital, basic services. […]