On 18 March 2016, WSSCC participated in a side event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Senegal to the United Nations in New York, which addressed the role of WASH in women’s empowerment and sustainable development. Speakers shared experiences building on data and figures from recent studies carried out in West and Central Africa and South Asia. Organized by WSSCC, the event also featured contributions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and UN Women. In addition, the session explored the role of governments in strengthening national mechanisms and prioritizing the issue of gender. From Africa to South Asia, panelists explained how they are transforming policies to encourage inclusion, leveraging local resources and improving accountability mechanisms including national and regional reporting systems.