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Information letter 9 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation

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Highlighting the main points and events since the second half of the year (July to December 2016), this information letter focuses on: Highlighting strengths and weaknesses of sanitation programmes in Senegal,- including sanitation expert findings, international norms and standards-, concrete steps on how to improve MHM in refugee camps in Cameroon through observations within three separate refugee camps that are home to some 38,000 men, women and children. Menstrual waste management in West and Central Africa is also covered reporting on a technical workshop hosted by the Senegal Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in October. Also, Menstrual Hygiene Management is reaching main results in Cameroon after five municipalities have committed to integrate it into their budget plans, before key result of the MHM trainers platform and 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign are mentioned.Cette lettre d'information met l'accent sur les points et événements forts de la seconde moitié de l'année (de juillet à décembre 2016). Elle pointe les forces et les faiblesses des programmes d'assainissement au Sénégal, y compris les résultats de l’expert en assainissement, les normes internationales ; la façon d'améliorer la GHM dans les camps de réfugiés au Cameroun à travers des observations dans trois camps de réfugiés séparés qui accueillent quelque 38 000 hommes, femmes et enfants. La gestion des déchets menstruels en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre est également couverte suite à un atelier technique organisé par le Ministère sénégalais de l'environnement et du développement durable en octobre. En outre, la gestion de l'hygiène menstruelle obtient des résultats importants au Cameroun après que cinq municipalités se sont engagées à l'intégrer dans leurs plans budgétaires, avant de mentionner les résultats clés de la plateforme des formateurs en GHM et la campagne de 16 jours d'activisme contre la violence faite aux femmes.
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Best Practices of the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation

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The Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation is designed and implemented by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in West and Central Africa. The Programme supports governments in the formulation of evidence based and inclusive policies that address the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights to water and sanitation. One of the approaches of the programme is the training of trainers’ workshop for government officers who will act as agents of change and play a catalytic role in transforming sanitation, health and education policies to include women’s and girls’ rights. Over the last few years, the interconnectivity of sanitation with other sectors has become more and more evident. To achieve sanitation and hygiene for all, everywhere, it is critical to collaborate with other sectors, to develop new tools, systems and mechanisms for the delivery of WASH services in schools, markets, work places, public spaces, etc. 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.Bonnes pratiques du programme conjoint genre hygiène et assainissement: Le Programme Conjoint Genre, Hygiène et Assainissement a été conçu et est mis en oeuvre par le Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement (WSSCC) et l’Entité des Nations Unies pour l’égalité des sexes et l’autonomisation des femmes (ONU Femmes) en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. Ce Programme appuie les gouvernements pour la formulation de politiques inclusives basées sur les résultats de la recherche, en faveur de l’exercice des droits humains des femmes et des filles à l’eau et à l’assainissement. Une des approches de ce programme est la formation des formateurs destinée prioritairement aux fonctionnaires gouvernementaux qui serviront d’agents de changement et qui joueront un rôle catalytique dans la transformation des politiques en matière d’assainissement, de santé et d’éducation pour y inclure les droits des femmes et des filles. Ces dernières années, l’interconnexion de l’assainissement avec les autres secteurs est devenue de plus en plus évidente. Pour que l’hygiène et l’assainissement concernent tout un chacun, partout, il est indispensable de collaborer avec d’autres secteurs et d’élaborer de nouveaux outils, systèmes et mécanismes qui apporteront les services WASH dans les écoles, sur les marchés, sur les lieux de travail, dans les lieux publics, etc Au bout de deux années de mise en œuvre, le Programme conjoint a contribué à combler les lacunes dans la connaissance de l’hygiène et de l’assainissement pour les femmes et les filles vivant en Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre.
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Sanitation Action Summit 2016 - Programme

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Is everyone able to use safe and decent facilities all of the time? What about when they leave their household? When they have had an accident or have a disabled family member? How many blind people are able to participate in a community based sanitation triggering? Does the benefit of improved access to toilets also come with a de facto responsibility to manage one’s own excreta? Women and girls menstruate. How will we break the silence on an issue shrouded in shame and secrecy for centuries? How to ensure pride in one’s own body, the ability to talk without shame and demand safe facilities? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored by government, representatives from marginalized communities, academia, private sector, development partners and global citizens during the Sanitation Action Summit in Mumbai on 18 November. To find out more about the event, download our programme overview.
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Information letter 8 – WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation

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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 Achieving Gender Equality through WASH; the special focus of the Joint Programme on nomadic communities, refugee population and female genital mutilation through upcoming studies in three pilot countries; the review of the Yammer platform activities one year after its launch; the results of the trainers’ follow up survey; the first MHM Lab held in Niger this summer.Revenant sur les principaux points et évènements qui se sont déroulés depuis le début de l’année (janvier 2016), cette édition de la lettre d’information aborde les thèmes suivants : des recommandations afin de mieux répondre aux besoins des femmes et des filles réfugiées notamment au Cameroun ; le Programme Conjoint au niveau global à travers, entre autres, son évènement parallèle lors de la 60ème session de la Commission sur la Condition de la Femme (CSW); l’attention particulière portée par le Programme Conjoint sur les populations nomades, réfugiées ou excisées avec 3 prochaines études dans les pays pilotes; le bilan de l’activité de la plateforme Yammer des formateurs en GHM après une année d’existence ainsi que les résultats de l’enquête en ligne de suivi auprès des formateurs en GHM ; et enfin le premier Labo en GHM qui s’est tenu au Niger cet été.
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Leave No One Behind - Country Reports

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Leave No One Behind - Afghanistan Country Report: This report is one in a series of 8 country reports produced as a result of the Leave No One Behind consultative process. It captures the current WASH practices, challenges and aspirations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka vulnerable groups from Qarabagh, Paghman, Bagrami and Kabul districts of Kabul Province, Afghanistan.Leave No One Behind - Bangladesh Country Report: As part of the Leave No One Behind consultative process in South Asia, ten meetings were organised by the Bangladesh chapter of FANSA with women, adolescent girls, elderly, persons with disabilities, transgender people and sanitation workers and waste collectors in different parts of the country in collaboration with CSOs working with these groups.Leave No One Behind - Bhutan Country Report: This report is the outcome of a consultation with a group of women, adolescent girls, sanitation workers, people with disabilities and senior citizens, organised in Bhutan in November 2015 with support from FANSA and WSSCC. The purpose of this interaction was to gain an understanding of their current sanitation and hygiene status, practices and challenges in their daily life.Leave No One Behind - India Country Report: In India, eighteen consultation meetings were held across six states with participants from different vulnerable groups. A total of 999 people participated in these meetings, including 260 women and adolescent girls, 182 elderly people and persons with disabilities, 236 sanitation workers and waste pickers and 36 members of the transgender community. Modern Architects for Rural India (MARI) led the consultative process with the support of 30 local organisations.Leave No One Behind - Maldives Country Report: This report summarizes the main challenges as well as key asks of people with disabilities, adolescent school children, construction workers, fishermen, elderly and sanitation workers in Maldives with regard to access to hygiene and sanitation services. These groups raised their concerns in the consultation held by WaterCare in the Maldives National University at the initiative of FANSA and WSSCC.Leave No One Behind - Nepal Country Report: The consultations with vulnerable groups from different parts of the country was an opportunity to openly interact with individuals on their sanitation and hygiene experiences that are critical aspects of their well-being and dignity. Women and adolescent girls, elderly people, persons with disabilities and the sanitation workers actively participated in the consultations where they shared their life story and struggles without adequate sanitation facilities at the household level, at the workplace and in public places.Leave No One Behind - Pakistan Country Report: In Pakistan, a total of eight consultation meetings were held between October 29 and November 20, 2015 to capture the current WASH practices, the associated and coping strategies among women and adolescent girls, the elderly and disabled and sanitary workers and waste pickers. In total, 551 participants from urban, peri-urban, slums and rural parts of Pakistan participated in the consultations. They included 187 women and adolescent girls, 145 elderly and persons with disabilities, and 219 sanitation workers and waste segregators. The meetings were organized by Punjab Urban Resource Centre with support from 11 local partner organizations in eight districts of the country.Leave No One Behind – Sri Lanka Country Report: In Sri Lanka, six consultations were conducted with a total of 218 participants, including 75 sanitation workers, 55 plantation workers, 63 women, and 25 differently-abled people. Seven organizations representing the fishing community, plantation workers, persons with disabilities and municipal councils supported CEJ in organizing these consultations. Participants were given an opportunity to share their experiences and observations on WASH issues using participatory methods. This report captures the major points shared by these groups.
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First National Training of Trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Management - Kenya

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In order to break the silence on menstruation and empower government officials with the knowledge and skills on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), WSSCC, in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners held a six-day Training of Trainers(ToT) in Naivasha from 28 July to 3 August. Here is a full report of the workshop.
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Faire face à la réalité saignante: L’hygiène menstruelle comme priorité pour la réalisation de l’éga...

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Une menstruation régulière est un signe de santé et de fécondité chez une femme. Pourtant, les menstruations sont entourées d’un halo de honte, de secret, d’embarras, de peur, d’humiliation, de silence, de tabou et de stigmatisation. Liées à ce tabou, de nombreuses normes culturelles et religieuses, souvent fondées sur des postulats patriarcaux, cherchent à empêcher tout contact avec les femmes et les filles en période de menstruation afin d'éviter une « contamination » ou de « devenir impur ». De ce fait, les femmes et les filles sont censées cacher leur menstruation et faire beaucoup d’efforts pour la dissimuler. Originalement publié en anglais en Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender 2015 (21/1), 1-37, cet article explore les défis en termes d’hygiène menstruelle au niveau pratique et politique. Il examine la position de l’hygiène menstruelle dans le cadre des droits humains, notamment concernant l’égalité des genres, ainsi que la manière dont elle peut se définir en termes de droit humains et la manière dont l’utilisation du cadre des droits humains et l’égalité de fait pourraient contribuer à donner une plus grande visibilité à l’hygiène menstruelle et à prioriser l’élaboration de stratégies et de solutions appropriées.Regular menstruation signals a woman’s health and fertility. Yet, menstruation is surrounded by shame, secrecy, embarrassment, fear, humiliation, silence, taboo, and stigma. Linked to this taboo, many cultural and religious norms often grounded in patriarchal assumptions seek to prevent contact with menstruating women and girls in order to avoid ‘contamination’ or ‘becoming impure’. Against this background, this article explores challenges for menstrual hygiene at the practical and policy level. It examines how menstrual hygiene is situated in the human rights framework, in particular gender equality, how menstrual hygiene can be defined in human rights terms and how using the framework of human rights and substantive equality may contribute to giving menstrual hygiene greater visibility and prioritizing the development of appropriate strategies and solutions.
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Menstrual Hygiene Management, SDGs and the Private Sector – Women Deliver 2016 Session Highlights Re...

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This cross-cutting session hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, WSSCC, and SCA highlighted 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. The session also promoted detailed discussions on the roles and responsibilities each of us has to women and girls everywhere, regardless of our sector, occupation or geography. The session brought together experts from WASH, Human Rights, Education, Health and the private sector to share lessons and successes in policy and practice, with a specific focus on how multi-sectoral partnerships can collaborate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
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