SNV / University of Oklahoma

Gendered WASH needs: programming for the home, school, and workplace

Tuesday 30 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: NL Auditorium
Aidan Dockery, Ethiopia, "SNV Girls in Control”

The proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets for water and sanitation (Goal 6) position the “special needs of women and girls” (Target 6.2) as an area of specific attention by the international community. This workshop will focus on unpacking what the “special” needs of women and girls are in educational, domestic, and work place settings. We will focus on two themes: 1) psychosocial distress and vulnerabilities associated with constrained access to WASH services and (2) menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Inadequate water and sanitation and menstrual hygiene services and facilities increase women’s physical and psychological burden, impacts physical health, compounds the risk of gender-based violence, and limits capacity and rights to work and education. After brief presentations on the current state of knowledge regarding WASH needs of women and girls in these settings, we will break into a series of smaller groups. These smaller groups will provide an opportunity for further dialogue focused on programmatic solutions to these challenges, sharing lessons learned, and mainstreaming the needs of women and girls into ongoing and new WASH programs. Groups will then share their insights with the plenary in the closing session.


11:00  Welcome by moderator
Antoinette Kome, SNV

11:05  Menstrual hygiene from menarche to menopause – global policy and programme priorities
Thérèse Mahon, WaterAID

11:15  WASH-related psychosocial distress and vulnerabilities 
Robert Dreibelbis, SHARE/University of Oklahoma

11:30  Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Addressing WASH/MHM needs for the adolescent girl

Facilitated by PLAN and SNV

Session 2:  Addressing WASH/MHM needs in the household and workplace

Facilitated by WaterAID and CARE USA

Session 3: Translating evidence into policy and practice

Facilitated by UNICEF

12:10  Reports on breakout sessions

12:25  Summary and wrap-up by the moderator