Moving through the generations taking forward WASH… no longer just for the majority and those with the loudest voice. By Sarah House, CLTS website, July 2017.
I have just completed three days at the WEDC 40th International Conference held at Loughborough University in the UK. As always the conference was packed with a wide range of interesting paper presentations, posters, side-events and associated activities.
Meeting colleagues new and old from across the globe is always a wonderful part of a WEDC conference and at the same time to become aware of the range of experience and learning that has been going on over the past few years. This year was no exception.
But amongst the positive experiences, a passing snide (arrogant/ignorant) comment made on the second day by a senior WASH professional from my generation (now in our 50s), related to the advocacy that I have been trying to do for increased attention on the often hidden and taboo subject of incontinence (where people cannot control the flow of their urine and faeces), made me reflect on the past, the present and the future.
In particular to reflect on the progress that we have made as a sector in working to ensure that the WASH needs of all are met and how we are no longer mainly focussing on the needs and priorities of men, the majority and those with the loudest voice.
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