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Making Sustainable Sanitation work for women and men - a new publication by WECF

integrating a gender perspective into sanitation initiatives

03.03.2009




Making Sustainable Sanitation work for women and men - integrating a gender perspective into sanitation initiatives is now downloadable

This publication is meant to give background information on the pressing need to integrate a gender perspective into the efforts to promote safe and sustainable sanitation. It provides guidance on how to mainstream gender into this sector.

Access to safe toilets and sustainable sanitation are essential to ensure the health of citizens. It limits the health and economic burden of preventable illnesses, is a prerequisite for ensuring education for all, and for the promotion of economic growth in the poorest countries and regions of the world.

Access to adequate sanitation is a matter of security, privacy, and human dignity. The costs of ignoring the need to address sanitation are far higher than the expense of providing sanitation and hygiene. Therefore all efforts are needed to provide the safe and sustainable sanitation to the 40% of the world’s population – 2.6 billion people - lack access at present.