Girls and Schools WASH in the Pacific: Breaking down barriers and taboos

The lack of WASH facilities in schools is a major barrier to girls’ education globally and the Pacific is no exception. Ensuring the rights of girls are met within School WASH programs is challenging. Complex socio-cultural norms, ingrained gender bias and taboos, as well as resource constraints, make it a major issue for WASH practitioners in the Pacific. It is increasingly recognised that overcoming these issues must be recognised by the whole community, men and women alike, as well as taking creative approaches to break down barriers and harmful taboos.

Hosted by the Civil Society WASH Fund’s Knowledge and Learning Manager, Bronwyn Powell, the webinar includes a range of perspectives and case studies on girls and schools WASH in the Pacific as well as frameworks and tools useful for practitioners.

Presenters and topics include:

  • Krissy Nicholson, WASH Facilitator of the Pacific Regional Learning Event. Girls and Schools WASH: Setting the scene
  • Brooke Yamakoshi, WASH Specialist, UNICEF Exploring barriers and taboos of girls and WASH in Schools
  • Vasiti Seruvatu Qionimacawa, WASH Project Manager for Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE) Fiji. Integrating the rights of girls into LLEE WASH programs
  • Livia Cruz da Costa, Senior Health and Hygiene Officer, WaterAid Australia. WaterAid’s Menstrual Hygiene Program in Timor Leste

As part of getting the conversation started for the upcoming Pacific Regional Learning Event, this webinar is of interest to those working in Schools WASH in the Pacific and beyond. The webinar was held on 29 October 2015 at 12 noon AEST.

To view the webinar recording click the link below.

Organisation Date & time Duration Target audience Link Topic Region
Organisation CS WASH Fund Date & time Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:00 (AEST) Duration 1 hrs Target audience WASH Practitioners Link Topic Gender and Social Inclusion Region Pacific