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Menstrual Hygiene Management in Humanitarian Situations: The Example of Cameroon

January 1, 2018

Menstrual hygiene is an integral part of a woman's health and has a lasting impact on education, livelihoods and the security of women, guaranteeing their empowerment. However, it is clear that menstrual hygiene is little or not taken into account in humanitarian response plans for refugees. As part of the WSSCC/UN Women Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation, a study was conducted by the Institute for Training and Demographic Research IFORD in refugee camps in Cameroon. It investigates the difficulties that women experience during menstruation, and makes an inventory of water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure fixtures in the camps.

Scoping and Diagnosis of the Global Sanitation Fund's Approach to Equality and Non-Discrimination

August 21, 2017

In 2016, WSSCC's Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) recruited an independent team of experts to undertake an in-depth two-part diagnosis of GSF's approach to equality and non-discrimination (EQND). The first part of the diagnosis – an assessment comprising of visits to six countries (Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo) and a review of documentation across all GSF-supported programmes – was completed in 2017, resulting in this study. While confirming that many people who may be considered disadvantaged have benefitted positively from GSF-supported programmes, the study emphasizes that more proactive attention is needed to ensure no one is left behind. Several recommendations are offered to better integrate EQND throughout the components and stages of all GSF-supported programmes.

Gestion De L'hygiène Menstruelle: Expérience De Populations Nomades Et Sédentaires Du Niger

March 16, 2017

La présente étude sur la gestion de l'hygiène menstruelle (GHM) examine et analyse les comportements et les pratiques en matière de gestion de l'hygiène menstruelle et leur impact sur les conditions de vie des femmes et des filles sédentaires et nomades au Niger. L'étude été réalisée dans quatre régions du Niger: Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua, et Tillabéri. Elle s'inscrit dans le cadre du programme conjoint du Conseil de concertation pour l'approvisionnement en eau et l'assainissement WSSCC et d'ONU Femmes « Genre, Hygiène et Assainissement » mené en Afrique de l'ouest et du centre.

Sanitation and Hygiene Behaviour Change at Scale: Understanding Slippage

September 1, 2016

As sanitation and hygiene programmes mature, the challenge shifts from bringing communities to ODF status to sustaining this status. In this context, many programmes are confronted with the issue of slippage. This concept refers to a return to previous unhygienic behaviours, or the inability of some or all community members to continue to meet all ODF criteria. This paper explores how to discern slippage nuances and patterns, strategies to address, pre-empt and mitigate it as well as alternative monitoring systems that capture the complexity of slippage more fully. The analysis and reflections are based on direct field experience, primarily from the GSF-supported programme in Madagascar. Moreover, the underpinning principle of the paper is that slippage is an expected aspect of behaviour change-oriented sanitation and hygiene interventions, especially those at scale, and not a sign of failure thereof.

Menstrual Hygiene Management: The Experience of Nomadic And Sedentary Populations in Niger

March 16, 2016

This study examines and analyses behaviours and practices for the management of menstrual hygiene and their impact on the living conditions of sedentary and nomadic women and girls in Niger. The study was carried out in the regions of Maradi, Zinder, Tahoua and Tillabéri under the Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation in West and Central Africa and implemented by WSSCC and UN Women. The findings of the study reveal various shortcomings, especially in rural areas and, more specifically, among nomadic populations. It highlights that women and girls can fully participate in society and the economy and lead active lives in school, work and leisure if they are better informed. The study also recommends that MHM needs to be clearly articulated in public policies and national strategies with associated budgets and monitoring systems.

Leave No One Behind: Voices of Women, Adolescent Girls, Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Sanitation Workforce

January 11, 2016

This report summarizes the sanitation and hygiene hopes and aspirations of thousands of women and men of different ages and physical ability, across rural and urban areas in eight South Asian countries. In these countries, over a billion people are without safe sanitation. They represent individuals and groups rarely heard because they are seldom asked what their constraints are, what they need, how they cope and how they might design services differently to enable universal access and use.

Menstrual Hygiene Management: Behaviour and Practices In Kye-ossi and Bamoungoum, Cameroon

October 1, 2015

This study examines a range of issues, from women's and girls' lack of access to sanitation and hygiene services, to their strategies for dealing with menstrual hygiene management while playing their roles, including in families, communities, at work, and at school. The study also addresses the impact of perpetrated beliefs and restrictions they sometimes face in two regions of Cameroon.

Inspiring Change for Women's Rights and Dignity

March 31, 2014

A special one-day event organized by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights shed light on the challenges women face in exercising their fundamental rights to access water, sanitation, and hygiene without discrimination. This report summarizes the day's discussions, focused on WASH and women's rights through three case studies and a look at changing international development standards.

Celebrating Womanhood: How better menstrual hygiene management is the path to better health, dignity and business

May 24, 2013

On International Women's Day in 2013, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Councilheld Celebrating Womanhood: Menstrual Hygiene Management, a unique event that brought together a wide and deep range of participants to focus on issues related to menstruation. The event provided a chance to forge new connections and to make the "unspeakable" topic speakable. As the report describes, menstruation is still a taboo issue and has been neglected within WASH and in the field of human rights, but research and promising approaches and partnerships are already underway.

We Can't Wait: A Report on Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls

January 1, 2013

This paper raises awareness of the impacts of poor sanitation on women across the world and calls for a concerted effort on a different scale from all levels of government, business, and civil society. It looks at how poor sanitation affects women's health, education, livelihoods, and what the global community, from governments to NGOs to business, can do to make a difference.

For Her It's the Big Issue: Putting Women at the Centre of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene

March 1, 2006

This report is a collection of evidence, brief examples highlighting the effect and benefits of placing women at the core of planning, implementation and operations of WASH programs. The experiences also show how women's empowerment and the improvement of water supply, sanitation facilities and hygiene practice are inextricably linked. One cannot be successfully achieved without the other.