“If women can have moustaches we can all talk about menstruation”. With this message WASH United kicked off May MENSTRAVAGANZA, a 28-day campaign to raise awareness and break the silence around menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
Messages are posted on the campaign website:
on Twitter using hashtag #MENSTRAVAGANZA
The BRAC WASH programme in Bangladesh has produced a new handwashing promotion video. It shows slides of handwashing promotion sessions for different groups (children, adolescent girls, women, men), as well as for schools, village WASH committees and mosques (imams).
The video was released on 5 May to coincide with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual global campaign to promote better hand hygiene in health care.
12th Specialised Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems and 4th Specialised Conference on Resource Oriented Sanitation
02-04 November 2014, Muscat, Oman
Organised by: International Water Association (IWA)
Small water and wastewater treatment plants play an important role in the management of water quality in rural and small communities to treat their domestic and industrial effluents. Resource oriented sanitation concepts promote ecologically socially and economically sound approaches.
The Republic of Panama is organizing the Third Latin American Sanitation Conference on 29-31 May 2013. The theme is: “Universal Sanitation: New Challenges, New Opportunities”.
Latinosan is held every three years.
Latinosan 2013 consists of two events: a technical conference and a meeting of senior officials that will result in the Declaration of Panama.
- the status of sanitation at regional and country levels
- institutions and public policy
- human rights and sustainable development
- post-2015 goals: regional and global
For more information visit the conference website: latinosanpanama2013.com (Spanish only)
On World WaterDay, 22 March, the World Bank announced the Top 10 Finalists of the Sanitation Hackathon App Challenge. The challenge is a follow-up to the Sanitation Hackathon, which attracted over 1,100 developers in December 2012 to solve sanitation problems.
The Top 10 Finalists apps are:
- Empowering Girls monitors girls’ school attendance to track appropriate sanitation facilities.
- LION Sync provides decision-makers with access to real-time data online and offline.
- LooRewards promotes sanitary behavior by rewarding safe sanitation practices.
- mSchool monitors the status of water and sanitation infrastructure in schools.
- mSewage crowdsources the identification of open defecation sites and sewage outflows.
- San-Trac reminds users about hygienic practices and gathers real-time data for trend analysis (winner of the People’s Choice Award)
- Sanitation Investment Tracker tracks investment and expenditure in sanitation at the household level.
- SunClean teaches sanitary and hygienic behavior through games for children.
- Taarifa enables citizen reporting and tracks decision-makers’ feedback.
- Toilight finds toilets in a smart and easy way.
For more information on the apps click on the video links above or go here.
The Grand Prize Award winners will be announced on April 19, on the eve of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings.
Source: SanHack Team, SanitationHackathon.org, 22 Mar 2013
Issue 91 | March 8, 2013 | Focus on Gender Issues
March 8, 2013, is International Women’s Day, a day that has been observed since the early 1900s. Gender is an important issue in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). In most societies women have the primary responsibility for managing the household water supply, sanitation, and health.
Water is necessary not only for drinking, but also for food production and preparation, care of domestic animals, personal hygiene, care of the sick, cleaning, washing, and waste disposal. A UN policy paper explains that because of their dependence on water, women have accumulated considerable knowledge about water resources, including location, quality, and storage methods. Despite this, women’s central role in water management is often overlooked.
“Men never come to collect water as it is a woman’s responsibility to provide water and prepare food”. Shanti Devi (35), Gopalpur Mushari, India
March 8th is International Women’s Day. WaterAid has launched a new promotional video “Transforming women’s lives” to highlight the impact their work has on women.
For more resources on women see WaterAid’s publications on Equity and Inclusion, the list of resources from the SHARE programme (search on women), the WSSCC thematic page on Gender and WASH and the latest publications on gender in the IRC WASH Library.