Gender and Equity
If water and sanitation projects and programmes are to be sustainable, equitable and effective, they must be gender-balanced and provide access for all.
A group of Dutch NGOs, among them Simavi and IRC, has published a position paper on gender in the Dutch water policy. A number of arguments and recommendations have been drawn up to stimulate the involvement of women. Especially in local and regional initiatives in the 15 partner countries, with which the Dutch government has a bilateral development relationship. The paper is in Dutch.
The Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) programme is a partnership between SNV, IRC and district and provincial governments in five Asian countries: Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PRD, Nepal and Vietnam with financial support from AusAid. In Vietnam, the programme is implemented in 149 villages across three North West Provinces in partnership with the Department of Health and the Dien Bien Province and Muong Anh District Women’s Union (WU).
Community empowerment is important in urban sanitation development, but at the same time, community empowerment requires that the social and technical institutions in charge of empowerment and sanitation adopt new skills and techniques for working with communities. Without the right skills to assist the communities, build their skills, and provide some minimal monitoring of performance afterwards, there is a risk of over-expecting what a community can manage
Stories and publications on gender published by IRC together with other organisations.
Selection of programmes and activities of IRC and partners in South Asia.
Stories on water, sanitation and gender equity from Kerala, India. The film was made by SEUF and IRC.
IRC promotes a gender approach to water and sanitation projects and programmes through its information resources, advocacy work, publications and projects with partners. This section gives guidelines and approaches for mainstreaming gender in programmes.
The Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) strives to improve the practice of gender mainstreaming in the work done by its members (individuals as well as organisations) and their partners.