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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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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 and value – denial of basic sanitation traps women in a cycle of silence, shame and denied opportunities. 8 March is a reminder of the struggles ahead even as we celebrate the gains. More women in parliament and in the boardroom, more men helping out at home and supporting their daughter’s, wife’s and mother’s aspirations does not mean that we are close to achieving parity in business, finance or politics. Most disturbing is the continued violation of basic human rights. We are entering an era of freer movement of information and capital, creating a wealth of opportunities that unfortunately place the voiceless and powerless even further behind as the world denies their basic rights to live with decency and dignity. On 8 March 2014, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and WSSCC paid homage to the unsung feminine, reminding all present of the equal value of every human life and of our collective and individual obligation to fight stigma, discrimination and inequality. The meeting listened and learned. Using sanitation and hygiene as an entry point to explore human rights in the world’s poorest countries, we heard stories of struggle and success for women and communities in Nepal, India and Senegal.Pour chaque femme qui n’a pas peur et chaque fille qui peut rêver, des millions d’autres restent méconnues et anonymes, enfermées dans un sombre quotidien de labeur et de traumatismes. Condamnées dès la naissance à devenir des assistantes, des productrices, des reproductrices, des porteuses d’eau, des gardes malades, des femmes de ménage ou des maîtresses de maison, les femmes et les filles de nombreuses sociétés savent bien ce que le monde doit encore reconnaître et valoriser. Le déni d’installations sanitaires élémentaires les enferme dans un cercle de silence, de honte et d’opportunités manquées. En 2014, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, le Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l’homme (HCDH) et le ont rendu hommage aux femmes anonymes, et rappelé à toutes les personnes présentes l’égale valeur de chaque être humain ainsi que notre obligation collective comme individuelle de combattre la stigmatisation, la discrimination et l’inégalité.
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Celebrating Womanhood – How better menstrual hygiene management i...

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On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, a unique event was hosted in the Palais des Nations in Geneva: “Celebrating Womanhood - Menstrual Hygiene Management”. This event focused on menstruation, where participants spent several hours discussing what is - even now - a taboo subject. This report provides a snapshot of the key messages and issues raised at the meeting. It conveys the firm conclusion that “Celebrating Womanhood” was a rich and rewarding encounter between professionals and actors who would not necessarily have otherwise met and certainly not around this topic, but who are now excited by the possibilities of further partnerships, research and future steps.Le 8 mars 2013, un événement unique s'est tenu au Palais des Nations à Genève : « Hommage à la femme - la gestion de l'hygiène menstruelle » a été un événement unique non seulement parce qu'il portait très clairement sur les menstruations, mais aussi de par la diversité des participants qui sont venus de loin à l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme afin de parler pendant plusieurs heures d'un sujet qui reste tabou, de nos jours, dans les plus hautes sphères du financement et de la prise de décisions. Ce rapport présente les recherches communes de l'événement ainsi que des éclairages apportés par les participants à la rencontre au cours de la réunion formelle et en marge de celle-ci.
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Good Dignity Practices for Gross Domestic Product – Campaign mate...

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Worldwide, more than one in three people lack access to a safe, hygienic toilet. This simple fact costs people their health, countries their GDP and billions their dignity. But there is a solution; we call it: GDP for GDP – Good Dignity Practices for Gross Domestic Product. Gross Domestic Product or GDP is an international term, widely understood by those in government, NGOs, CSOs and the private sector. GDP is motivating at all levels. For governments, it is the way they are measured. For the private sector, it is the background against which they function. To increase GDP is a sign of progress and stature. Any actions taken to improve sanitation and hygiene – from building a toilet to teaching children to wash their hands with soap – are Good Dignity Practices. These bring economic benefits and improve dignity. If you would like to receive further information on the GDP for GDP campaign, please get in touch with us via wsscc@wsscc.org.Campaign guidelinesGDP for GDP brochure: Don't waste a good investmentGDP for GDP poster: Invest in wasteGDP for GDP poster: Will you help turn shit into gold?GDP for GDP at a glance: Help turn shit into goldGDP for GDP PowerPoint presentation - Key messages