Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights / Slum Dwellers International / Stockholm International Water Institute / University of Leeds / Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

Sanitation for society, including all (1/3)

Wednesday 28 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: M5
Susanna Starck, SIWI

Sanitation for all: who are we excluding?

In this seminar we seek to understand our roles in achieving human right to sanitation: who are we excluding, why it’s less complicated than you think, and how we can make it real.

Both the SDG target and the human right to sanitation guarantee everyone access to sanitation which is safe, private, dignified, hygienic and affordable, and handwashing facilities, at home and in schools and hospitals. Improved sanitation is a public good that generates economic, health, environmental, social and cultural benefits for society as a whole. The 2030-Agenda puts the spotlight on previously-excluded people, including the poor, children, elderly and ethnic minorities. Solving the exclusion conundrum is not only the right thing to do, it is essential to realise the widest benefits of sanitation for everybody.

In this session, you will explore what exclusion really means; learn from people who face exclusion on a daily basis and from organisations seeking to break down these barriers. Our keynote speaker, Sheela Patel of Slum Dwellers International, will share over 30 years of global experience on the sanitation front line. 

Gold standard events are committed to ensure the gender balance in speakers/panellists and young professional representation in the session.


9:00 Welcome and introduction to the session and the seminar 

9:05 Short Film

9:20 Presentations and discussions
• Business innovations in sanitation for refugee settlements in East Africa 
Miriam Otoo
• Barriers to physically disabled school children inclusion in Sanitation Services 
Richard Kimwaga 

9:50 Keynote speaker & Discussion with the audience
Keynote speaker: Sheela Patel, Slum Dwellers International

10:25 Closing remarks

10:30 Close of session