For her it's the big issue: putting women at the centre of water supply, sanitation and hygiene

For her it's the big issue: putting women at the centre of water supply, sanitation and hygiene

Women at the centre of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes

This report is a collection of evidence highlighting the effect and benefits of placing women at the core of planning, implementation and operations of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. The experiences show how women’s empowerment and the improvement of water supply, sanitation facilities and hygiene practice are inextricably linked. One cannot be successfully achieved without the other.

The authors highlight how a woman could be empowered by having a nearby pump that conveniently supplies enough safe water for her family. Easier access to such basic services enables women to identify and grasp new opportunities for themselves, to grow in confidence and attain a greater sense of personal dignity.

The following areas are considered :

  • awareness raising in the community
  • women's health and well-being
  • women as positive role models
  • making an income from water
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