Water and sanitation
The right to social security enshrined under Article 9 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights encompasses the right to access and maintain social security or other benefits in order to be able to secure water and sanitation (among other necessary goods) and to realise the rights of children and adult dependents (CESCR, General Comment 19 para f18). More recently, the 2010 United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 64/292 recognizing the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.
Poor Access to WASH: a barrier for women in the workplace
On 19 November, we mark World Toilet Day and highlight the staggering fact that 2.4 billion people – one third of the world’s population – still live without access to proper sanitation. What does this mean for women in the workplace? Poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) persists despite the United Nations General […]
Towards Gender Equality through Sanitation Access
This discussion paper reviews the extensive literature on sanitation to show that inadequate access to this basic service prevents the realization of a range of human rights and of gender equality. We recognize that “dignity” is a highly culture- and gender-specific term; we therefore argue that sanitation for all—sanitation that serves all genders equally—must be […]
Sanitation Law and Policy in India
Most comprehensive work on sanitation in India. Provides an overview of the existing legal as well as policy instruments related to sanitation in India. Fills the existing gap, both in knowledge and policy instruments, defining sanitation in India. Highlights the importance, complexity, and fragmented nature of the legal and policy frameworks that inform the sanitation […]
Gender Disparities in Water, Sanitation and Global Health
Celebrating World Water Day, The Lancet Editors1 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. […]
Menstrual Hygiene Management: Behaviour and practices in Kedougou Region, Senegal
A report examining menstruation and its management from the perspective of women and girls in the Kedougou Region of Senegal. These range from an inability to exercise their rights and access services due to the silence and stigma that surround menstruation, to poor menstrual hygiene practices and waste management. Le présent rapport permet d’examiner […]
This is a short multi-media piece that highlights the devastating impact of India’s sanitation crisis on women. It was produced in support of a 2014 research study called Sanitation Vulnerability: Women’s stress and struggles for violence-free sanitation.