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The podcast encourages discussion on menstrual and feminine hygiene issues and the right to sanitation for women and girls.

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

Do you know what the stress points are for women and girls in their daily sanitation routines? How do they cope? Join our March 2nd webinar.

Executive Director Chris Williams reinforced WSSCC’s mandate that supports Sustainable Development Goal 6.2.

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”.

Participants shared best practices, common challenges, and promising innovations to end open defecation by 2025.

Like India, a disproportionate number of Nigerians – over 110 million – have little or no access to improved sanitation.

The theme of the annual advocacy event was to make handwashing a habit.

Through peer-to-peer learning, the Global Sanitation Fund is harnessing the immense amount of knowledge.

The event in Dakar highlights the need to include MHM in government strategies.

WSSCC and its partners actively promoted MHM at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen.

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Joining Forces for Progress – Hygiene Matters Report 2016

Collaboration
Through its Hygiene Matters initiative, SCA raises awareness of the connection between hygiene, health and wellbeing around the world. As part of this initiative, since 2008, SCA has conducted five surveys to gather insights about global hygiene perceptions, issues and behaviours to contribute to a knowledge-based public debate with the goal of strengthening the possibility of improved hygiene for people everywhere. This year’s Hygiene Matters Report, created in cooperation with WSSCC, aims to advance awareness among policy makers and key stakeholders by visualizing and quantifying the value of investments in hygiene, shedding light on forces that are hindering development and showcasing innovative solutions that are driving it forward.
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Gender disparities in water, sanitation, and global health

Equality
Celebrating World Water Day, The Lancet Editors, including WSSCC Programme Manager Archana Patkar, highlighted the gains made towards Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7c, “to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation”, and noted UN-Water's call for sustainable water management in view of future increases in demand and shortfalls in supply. As the primary water collectors worldwide, women are disproportionately affected by the scarcity of adequate resources; however, global estimates of improvements in water access do not reflect gender-disaggregated benefits and burdens.
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A Systematic Review of the Health and Social Effects of Menstrual...

Equality
Menstruation is a natural and beneficial monthly occurrence in healthy adolescent girls and pre-menopausal adult women. It concerns women and men alike as it is among the key determinants of human reproduction and parenthood. Differing approaches to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) have been associated with a wide range of health and psycho-social outcomes in lower income settings. This paper collates, summarizes and critically appraises the peer-reviewed and published evidence on the health and psycho-social outcomes of the methods of MHM used in low and middle income countries and to assess the evidence for existing interventions such as educational programs and absorbent distribution.