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Water and Sanitation from a gender perspective

Water and Sanitation from a gender perspective at the World Water Forum-4, Mexico City 13-21 March 2006


This report describes women‘s activities at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico in 2006 in relation to the issues water, sanitation and gender, which were organised by the Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) network or in which WECF took an active part. Equitable access to water and sanitation is vital to women, as in most cultures women are primarily responsible for the use and management of water resources and sanitation facilities as well as health care at the household level. Women‘s voices are often unheard, however, and they have little or no influence on crucial decisions about cost and technology of water or sanitation systems.