WASH in the informal sector – Experiences of women from West and Central Africa – Presentation

In Niger, the lack of access to sanitation and scarcity of adequate information and facilities for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) are considerable challenges for women, hindering their participation in society, a new study by WSSCC and UN/Women has found. The findings of the study were presented at a side event on Women’s access to sanitation and hygiene in the informal sector on March 20th, during the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

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Authors: Dr Blaise Nguendo-Yongsi Publication Date: 24 March 2017 Publisher: WSSCC No. of Pages: 10

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