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Everyone, everywhere has the right to access safe and appropriate toilets. This year, as global awareness rose of issues people who don’t associate with simply male or female genders face when using public toilets, WaterAid decided to look close to home in ensuring everyone’s rights are met.
Research has shown that the issue of transgender and intersex access to sanitation is under-addressed in the water, sanitation and hygiene development sector. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, and Mamata Dash of WaterAid India, discuss the human rights issues at the heart of the matter, and what could be done.
New data from UNICEF/WHO estimate the percentage of the global population using at least a basic level of service for drinking water and sanitation to be 89% and 68%, respectively. Stuart Kempster, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst for Monitoring and Accountability, looks into what we can tell from the estimates.
Schools offer a crucial chance for menstrual hygiene programmes to make transformations that will benefit adolescent girls long into their futures. This Menstrual Hygiene Day, Arundati Muralidharan, WaterAid India’s Policy Manager for WASH in Schools, Health and Nutrition, describes the menstrual hygiene landscape in India’s schools, and the work WaterAid India is doing to improve it.
This International Transgender Day of Visibility, Connie Benjamin (Policy Team Volunteer – Sanitation & Gender) and Andrés Hueso (Senior Policy Analyst – Sanitation) share how schools and universities across the world are trying to protect their transgender students’ rights to go to the toilet.
Tackling gender inequalities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can have far-reaching effects on communities, if the potential is leveraged. Chelsea Huggett, Equity and Inclusion Rights Advisor at WaterAid Australia, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor at WaterAid, suggest how we can start small to tackle the big issues.
Like in many regions, in 2016 Southern African headlines were dominated and distracted by political wrangling and scandal. Chilufya Chileshe, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa, reflects on the consequences for water and sanitation, and what we can do differently in 2017, as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights drafts guidelines for the right to water.
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, Dan Jones, and Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, Jane Wilbur, reflect that it’s time to get real about ‘leaving no-one behind’.
Speaking at our recent Supporters' Day, Madhavan from WaterAid India described a nation of contrasts on the brink of change. With the potential for the right nudges to trigger huge changes, he is excited about the future. The following blog is an abridged version of his speech.
How can we ensure there are enough public toilets for people with disabilities? Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Urban Sanitation Specialist, and Jane Wilbur, Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, share insights from the around the world.