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  • Toilets for everyone: moving to gender-neutral bathrooms in our London office

    The gender neutral toilets at WaterAid UK
    Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Emma Downie, Priya Nath and Andrés Hueso

    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.

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  • Sanitation and gender – looking beyond the binary

    Girls and boys uniform at Katapazi school in Zambia.
    Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Andrés Hueso, Mamata Dash and Priya Nath

    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.

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  • Counting how many people have water, sanitation and hygiene

    A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
    Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Stuart Kempster

    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.

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  • Comprehensive programming for menstrual health in schools in India

    A teacher hands out sanitary pads at a school in Isidore, India.
    Posted 26 May 2017 by Arundati Muralidharan

    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.

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  • The rights of transgender students to go to the toilet

    Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Connie Benjamin, Andrés Hueso

    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.

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  • What being bold for change means for WASH this International Women’s Day

    Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Chelsea Huggett and Jane Wilbur

    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.

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  • 2016: political distraction while the people lay in shit

    Woman walking for water in Mozambique
    Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Chilufya Chileshe

    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.

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  • No more excuses: time to clear the path for people with disabilities

    A woman in a wheelchair.
    Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Dan Jones and Jane Wilbur

    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’.

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  • Making toilets sexy in India

    A dysfunctional toilet in a government girls’ school in Puri, Odisha.
    Posted 9 Nov 2016 by VK Madhavan

    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.

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  • How do you campaign for accessible public toilets?

    A wheelchair outside a toilet.
    Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Rémi Kaupp and Jane Wilbur

    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.

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