Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in WASH: lessons from the Fund
Bronwyn Powell on 26/06/2017 15:58 AEST
At this juncture, as projects come towards the end or final year of implementation, the Fund is hosting an online learning platform to capture and share project achievements and lessons and CSO approaches across these three topics. These discussions will contribute to the face-to-face Fund Learning and Reflection Event (FLARE) to be held in August 2017. Following on from the e-discussion on strengthening the enabling environment, the next e-discussion in the series considers gender and social inclusion. Hygiene behaviour change, the final topic, will be introduced next week.
Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in WASH
The CS WASH Fund has supported the engagement of CSOs to strengthen gender equity and social inclusion in access to safe and sufficient, affordable and reliable WASH services. In the lead-up to the FLARE event, we wish to deliberate on the lessons learnt by CSOs in understanding patterns of exclusion and actions in prioritising gender equity and social inclusion in access to WASH services.
Week 2 e-Discussion (26 June – 2 July 2017)
Societies allocate different roles, responsibilities and activities to different individuals whether male or female, adult or child, abled or disabled. These allocations are not necessarily only by the virtue of the capability, capacity or gender of individuals but they are also social constructs which translate to learned behaviours and general patterns that define social and economic roles. Marginalised groups suffer when these social constructs create unequal opportunities, unequal treatment and unequal entitlements.
This e-Discussion, offers an opportunity to learn from the experience of CSOs working to ensure water and sanitation rights for all. This includes addressing the various aspects of exclusion that are associated with: lower quality of access to WASH services for some; the right to participate and be heard in decision making processes; and, legal, cultural and social constructs that discriminate against certain people groups. CSOs are encouraged to share their experiences by answering:
- Where do the greatest inequalities in your context exist? Why do these people lack basic access to WASH?
- How have you worked with change agents to strengthen their awareness and ability to address exclusion? What other steps have you taken to improve gender and social inclusion in WASH?
- How are you measuring the impact of your GESI efforts?
discussion is facilitated by Mark Ellery and Bronwyn Powell.
Mark is an independent water, sanitation and local governance consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the water sector.
Bronwyn is the Knowledge and Learning Manager of the CS WASH Fund.