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Resource Library for Gender: Women and Girls

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Web Resources

Menstrual Hygiene Matters

Menstrual hygiene matters is an essential resource for improving menstrual hygiene for women and girls in lower and middle-income countries. Nine modules and toolkits cover key aspects of menstrual hygiene in different settings, including communities, schools and emergencies. This resource was developed by WaterAid, SHARE and a number of collaborating organisations. 

Women and girls with disabilities

The UN Enable site provides resources and links with a gender perspectives on disability and the disability perspective on the situation of women and girls with disabilities, including an on-line discussion group and network and a link to an interactive panel discussion on Cross-sectionalities of gender, disability, and development. Women and girls with disabilities experience double discrimination, which places them at higher risk of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, neglect, maltreatment and exploitation.

Literature Items

“Now we feel like respected adults”. Positive change in gender roles and relations in a Timor-Leste “Now we feel like respected adults”. Positive change in gender roles and relations in a Timor-Leste (1558 KB)

Kelsey, D. (2012). ACID Research in Development Series, Report no. 4. The resource reports on the findings of research conducted in June 2010 to assess the gendered outcomes of WaterAid’s WASH programming in two communities in the Liquica district of Timor-Leste. The research sought to understand what it would mean to address gender systemically in its work, and to develop policy and practice that better responds to gender concerns.

For Her It's the Big Issue For Her It's the Big Issue (3029 KB)

Fisher, J. (2006). WSSCC: Geneva. The vital role of women in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions is undeniable. But even though women’s involvement in the planning, design, management and implementation of such projects and programmes has proved to be fruitful and cost-effective, the substantial benefits of this approach are not properly recognised. One result is that, all too often, women are not as centrally engaged in water and sanitation efforts as they should be.

Gender analysis frameworks Gender analysis frameworks (215 KB)

Includes references for a number of different gender analysis frameworks that can be useful in analysing and developing strategies to address gender issues in the development and WASH sector.

Gender and Climate Change: Toolkit for women on climate change Gender and Climate Change: Toolkit for women on climate change (17026 KB)

Isis International: Phillipines. This toolkit on Gender and Climate Change is part of an important endeavour by Isis International to explore innovative and strategic ways to communicate gender justice and climate justice issues, especially from Southern feminist perspectives.

Gender and Essential Services in low-income countries Gender and Essential Services in low-income countries (17250 KB)

Women in Cities International (2011). This document reports on the findings of the action research project Women’s Rights and Access to Water and Sanitation in Asian Cities; Carried out in Delhi, India from 1 February 2009 to 31 July 2011.

Gender in Water and Sanitation: Working Paper. Gender in Water and Sanitation: Working Paper. (3495 KB)

Water and Sanitation Program. (2010). Working Paper. For use by ministries, donors, citizens, development banks, NGOs and service providers. This paper looks at links between gender and WASH at the policy level, operational level, monitoring and evaluation, citizen engagement, behaviour change and HIV/AIDS. It showcases examples of good practice and provides checklists for practitioners.

Gender, Culture and the Pacific Gender, Culture and the Pacific (562 KB)

Underhill-Sem, Y. (2011) Asia- Pacific Human Development Report Background Paper Series. This paper provides a deeper understanding of how culture in the Pacific impacts gender equality and human development. The analysis addresses two views that are widely held in the Pacific: 1) that gender is biologically determined, and 2) that culture is a sacred template should not be meddled with. Both these notions have attracted sound scholarly consideration in the Pacific, which has shown that rath

Infrastructure for All: Meeting the needs of both men and women in development projects - a practica Infrastructure for All: Meeting the needs of both men and women in development projects - a practica (19392 KB)

Reed, B.J. et al. (2007). WEDC, Loughborough University, UK. This guide is aimed at to engineers, technicians and project managers to ensure that the infrastructure and services they provide are suitable for whole communities. The resource has a special focus on awareness of gender issues.

Inspiring Change for Women's Rights and Dignity Inspiring Change for Women's Rights and Dignity (3673 KB)

Simpson, S. (2014). Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Focusing on access to WASH as a basic human right to be upheld by states, the paper looks at the reality of women in their ability to exercise this right in day-to-day life in India and Nepal. The paper focuses on females who who are subjected to further stigma, discrimination and inequity in their ability to access WASH facilities due to not confomring to social ideals within t

Is menstrual hygiene and management an issue for adolescent school girls? A comparative study of fou Is menstrual hygiene and management an issue for adolescent school girls? A comparative study of fou (2100 KB)

WaterAid Nepal (2009). This study looks at the perspectives and experiences of menstrual hygiene management among school girls in Nepal. It brings the issue to the attention of policy makers and practitioners, and makes recommendation on how capacity for effective menstrual hygiene management can be increased.

Making Sanitation and Hygiene Safer: Reducing Vulnerabilities to Violence Making Sanitation and Hygiene Safer: Reducing Vulnerabilities to Violence (3027 KB)

House, S. & Cavill, S. (2015). Frontier of CLTS: Innovations and Insights Issue 5, Brighton Institute of Development Studies. This handbook looks at the links between gender based harassment and violence and WASH facilities and programs. It looks at the implications of such harassment and violence, and puts-forth key principles and points for action that can be built in to CLTS programs to reduce vulnerabilities to harassment and violence.

Menstrual Hygiene in South Asia: A Neglected Issue for WASH Programmes Menstrual Hygiene in South Asia: A Neglected Issue for WASH Programmes (423 KB)

Mahon, T. & Fernandes, M. (2010). WaterAid. Focussing on effective menstrual hygiene management, as a key aspect of WASH, this resource looks at examining related cultural and religious taboos, as well as male dominance in the development sphere, to overcome barriers to effective menstrual hygiene management. It provides examples of successful initiatives and programs that tackle menstrual hygiene in WASH in the South Asia region.

Menstrual Hygiene Management Menstrual Hygiene Management (397 KB)

Carrard, N (2011) A snapshot of lessons from learning events on menstrual hygiene management (part of AusAID's Learning Fund). During the learning events, participants talked about their efforts to break the silence, working with women and girls to ensure menstrual hygiene management needs are addressed through WASH programs.

MetGuide – Methodology for Participatory Assessments with Communities, Institutions and Policy Maker MetGuide – Methodology for Participatory Assessments with Communities, Institutions and Policy Maker (934 KB)

Dayal, R., Wijk, C. & Mukherjee, N. (2000). A guide prepared by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre that offers practical tools for bringing gender and poverty-sensitive participation into WASH programs. The MetGuide is useful for communities, project staff, project managers, program designers, donors, researchers and policy makers.

Pathfinder 2011: Equity and Gender Pathfinder 2011: Equity and Gender (1045 KB)

This resource assesses existing knowledge on equity, equality and access to sanitation and hygiene services in relation to gender. It looks specifically at concepts of economic, social, spatial and political inequality and their significance in enabling or inhibiting access to sanitation and hygiene services. It puts-forth requirements to ensuring equitable access to sanitation and hygiene services that overcome structural inequalities, and provides guidance for direction of future research in t

Resource Guide: Working effectively with women and men in water and sanitation programs Resource Guide: Working effectively with women and men in water and sanitation programs (1946 KB)

Halcrow, G. et al. (2010). International Women’s Development Agency and Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney. This guide is to assist program and field staff involved in the design, implementation and/or evaluation of community-based WASH programs, to work effectively with both women and men. The guide references research on gender outcomes from rural water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Vanuatu and Fiji.

School menstrual hygiene management in Malawi: more than toilets School menstrual hygiene management in Malawi: more than toilets (1697 KB)

Pillitteri, S. (2011). In this briefing note on the SHARE website, WASH Consultant Sally Piper Pillitteri, answers a call from WaterAid for “evidence from the field”. She provides data on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) for schoolgirls in Malawi, with a view to determining one or several recommendations for improved MHM in schools. This material is also of value to WASH professionals, policy makers, NGOs and education authority.

The Word Toilet Summit and the untold story of the plight of girls and women in the developing word The Word Toilet Summit and the untold story of the plight of girls and women in the developing word (176 KB)

Balla, M. (2013). Engineers Without Borders Australia. This resource gives an overview of the issues women and girls in the developing world face, and how this relates directly to the provision of basic WASH facilities. It goes on to discuss the contingent impact this can have on the trajectory of women and girls; including issues such as gender based violence, education and low literacy levels, and increased crime rates, among other social issues.

Women and WASH: WASH for women's rights and gender equality Women and WASH: WASH for women's rights and gender equality (253 KB)

Jansz, S. & Wilbur, J. (2013). WSSCC and WaterAid.This resource gives a brief overview of some prominant gender issues in WASH, including: maternal and newborn health, girl's education, menstrual hygiene, violence against women/dignity and self esteem, inequality and discrimination, economic empowerment, and women's rights.

Working Effectively with Women and Men in Water and Sanitation Programs- principles hand-out Working Effectively with Women and Men in Water and Sanitation Programs- principles hand-out (1697 KB)

A brief hand-out guide to working effectively with women and men in WASH programs.

World Development Report 2012: Overview. Gender Equality and Development World Development Report 2012: Overview. Gender Equality and Development (3636 KB)

World International for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank. (2011). The report's authors underlines three dangerous phases in a woman's life, girls at birth, birth to five years old and women of reproductive age and stresses the role of WASH at these times. This report has nine chapters in three parts.

This briefing note was written with WSSCC for the Women Deliver conference in 2013. It details how WASH can help women's rights be realised and bring about gender equality. 

Upcoming Events and News

Two new films from WaterAid on Inclusive WASH

26-Sep-2013 to 26-Sep-2013

Two New films on Inclusive WASH from WaterAid. WaterAid Nepal has produced a new film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQYfjUM74A0&feature=youtu.be) focussing on the barriers disabled people face in accessing WASH. It touches upon environmental and institutional barriers and stigma in Nepal. WaterAid Uganda has produced a new film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJShp0TG8SQ&feature=..

WA at the first United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development

25-Sep-2013 to 25-Sep-2013

Disability and WASH at the UNGA WaterAid has participated in the first United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Disability and Development. Disability Rights Activist Sagar Prasain attended the event on behalf of WaterAid to highlight the importance of WASH for disabled people. You can download the flyer we created to raise awareness on the issue at this event below...

New Training Materials from WEDC and WaterAid

17-Apr-2013 to 17-Apr-2013

Overview A set of materials (produced by WEDC and WaterAid) can be used for training a wide range of audiences on making WASH inclusive. The materials consist of 1. Practical and enjoyable activities that stimulate discussions on the issues. 2. Structured presentations with facilitators notes, that explain how to analyse barriers and adapt WASH programmes to make them more inclusive. 3. Practi..


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