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Girls and boys uniform at Katapazi school in Zambia.

Sanitation and gender – looking beyond the binary
25 July 2017 | Andres Hueso and Mamata Dash 

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.

Girls celebrate the newly-built latrine at their schools in Kibuku District, Uganda, which was funded by H&M Foundation.

WaterAid at 40th WEDC Conference
20 July 2017 | Aditi Chandak 

Academics and practitioners working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector will attend the annual WEDC International Conference, hosted by Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University on 24–28 July. Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, introduces the range of topics WaterAid will cover at the 40th WEDC International Conference.

What being bold for change means for WASH this International Women’s Day
08 Mar 2017 | Chealsea 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.

A wheelchair outside a toilet. How do you campaign for accessible public toilets?
5 Sep 2016 | 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.

A still from the Count Me In films.

Count Me In: partnering with the arts to get the message out about inclusive WASH
15 July 2016 | James Wicken

As WaterAid releases a new set of films on inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Cambodia, James Wicken, Country Director of WaterAid Cambodia, looks at how – by asking ourselves the question, ‘How do you make yet another set of national guidelines interesting?’ – we’ve ended up with a rewarding partnership full of energy and potential.

Displaced people in Mali.

Sustainable WASH even when the going gets tough – lessons from Mali
8 July 2016 | Mamadou Diarafa Diallo 

In the past four years, Mali has gone from peace to crisis, and violence and disruption have undone hard-won progress in WASH and development. As the country nears the end of its state of emergency period, Mamadou Diarafa Diallo, WaterAid Mali’s Country Representative, looks at how the sustainability agenda has fared in a time of extreme upheaval.

Girls collecting grass.

Menstrual hygiene: rising up the global agenda
02 June 2016 | Thérèse Mahon 

Thérèse Mahon, WaterAid’s Interim Head of Region for South Asia, explains our approach to promoting menstrual hygiene management and ensuring that all women and girls can manage their periods safely and with dignity.

A woman playing cricket.

Let's talk menstruation!
26 May 2016 | Arundati Muralidharan

Arundati Muralidharan, Policy Manager for WASH in Schools, Health and Nutrition at WaterAid India, marks Menstrual Hygiene Day with a look at what's needed to empower girls and women to take control.

Girls at school in Zambia.

Girl talk: water, sanitation and hygiene at Women Deliver
18 May 2016 | Margaret Batty 

On the first day of Women Deliver conference 2016, the largest global gathering about the rights of women and girls, Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid UK, explains why water, sanitation and hygiene are – rightfully – top of the agenda.

Olupot Martin, right, who has polio, works on an inclusive water point design in Abibico village, Uganda.

Going mainstream in including disabled people in development
16 Feb 2016 

One in seven people across the world have a disability and 80% live in developing countries. Many people with disabilities face discrimination and stigma in their everyday lives; they often remain locked out of opportunities, and as a result remain locked into poverty.

A disabled student in grade 8, washes his hands in clean water, Ethiopia.

Talking disability inclusion
14 Dec 2015 

To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities we participated in a highly successful Twitter chat about the challenges of disability inclusion across the development sector. Get an overview of what was discussed.

An interactive snake and ladder game to generate awareness about menstruation among boys

Menstruation should not be taboo. Period.
2 Jun 2015 | Mamata Dash

For millions of girls and women, societal taboos and poor facilities make menstruation unmanageable. This year’s Sustainable Development Goals are a chance to draw global attention to this huge contributor to inequality. Mamata Dash, WaterAid India’s Manager of Campaigns and Rights, Equity and Inclusion, describes the effect of difficult menstrual hygiene management on women in India and welcomes the potential changes on the horizon.

Fixing the global pain over periods

Fixing the global pain over periods
28 May 2015 | Louisa Gosling

Menstrual Hygiene Day is a chance to draw attention to the plight of the millions of girls and women who are not able to manage their periods with hygiene, comfort and dignity. Louisa Gosling, Programme Manager for Principles at WaterAid, highlights why 2015 is an exceptionally important year for talking about menstruation.

Pooja Bharti, 24, a community leader, during menstrual hygiene sessions in Juhi Bamburahiya, Kanpur, India, 1 April 2014.

How many wives does it take to fetch water
7 May 2015 | Anil Cherukupalli

In communities with poor access to water, women often bear the burden of collecting it, but an extraordinary tradition in rural India takes this inequality to another level. Anil Cherukupalli, WaterAid India’s Media and Communications Manager, tells us about the water wives of Denganmal.


Putting disability at the centre of global development
3 Dec 2014 | Jane Wilbur

WaterAid UK's Equity, Rights and Inclusion Advisor, Jane Wilbur, looks at how WaterAid is addressing disability in its development work, and why the UK government's new disability framework is a pivotal move.

Martial Ramartin

Reaching those at the water’s edge
2 Dec 2014 | Jane Wilbur

Jane Wilbur, WaterAid Equity, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, discusses the causes and effects of inaccessible water and toilets to make sure our work reaches everyone, everywhere.

Testing accessible school latrines, Madagascar

Accessible infrastructures for people with disabilities: finding consistent ways for inclusive implementation of policies
5 Jun 2014 | Aurel Clyde Rabehanta and Lovy Rasolofomanana

WaterAid’s Equity and inclusion framework, defines and describes accessible water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructures for people with disabilities. After receiving technical training from Handicap International on accessible infrastructure, WaterAid Madagascar partners have applied the new designs to our programme work.

Map of Liberia

The first accessible latrines in Monrovia, Liberia
5 Jun 2014 | Peter Abdulai

WASH infrastructure that involves steps can been difficult to access for children, older people and people with disabilities. Steps and stairs also pose a problem for visually impaired people, particularly where there are no handrails.

A woman walks to an open defecation spot in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Risking rape to reach a toilet in India's slums
9 Jan 2014 | Louisa Gosling

Louisa Gosling, Programme Manager, blogged at the Huffington Post to mark the anniversary of the death of a 23-year-old woman from Delhi in December 2012. The woman was tortured, gang raped and eventually killed by six men, sparking both national and international outrage.