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Violence, Gender & WASH: A Practitioner’s Toolkit

Violence, Gender & WASH: A Practitioner's Toolkit

Year of publication:
2014
By recognising both the risks of violence associated with WASH and the potential benefits of WASH, this toolkit aims to shine a light on this problem and encourage practitioners to recognise their capacity to make WASH safer and more effective.

Building block(s)
Capacity Development
Crosscutting Areas
Scope
Subnational
Subsector
Both urban and rural
Languages
English
Organization responsible for the tool
WaterAid
Detailed description of Tool

Violence, Gender & WASH: A Practitioner's Toolkit was published in 2014 by WaterAid/Share, and several co-publishers.

It was developed in response to an acknowledgement that although the lack of access to appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH) is not the root cause of violence, it can lead to increased vulnerabilities to violence of varying forms. Incidences have been reported from a wide range of contexts, often anecdotally but with regular occurrence, with a number of targeted studies confirming the same.

By recognising both the risks of violence associated with WASH and the potential benefits of WASH, this toolkit aims to shine a light on this problem and encourage practitioners to recognise their capacity to make WASH safer and more effective. Effectively considering gender in the process of establishing sustainable WASH services can also contribute to the process of longer-term change in attitudes and relationships between men and women. This in turn can contribute to a transformative process that can help reduce vulnerabilities to violence.

However, for WASH actors, particularly for those working in the longer-term developmental contexts, there has been a lack of clarity on the practical steps that can be taken so that they can contribute to reducing vulnerabilities through improved policy and programming. This toolkit aims to fill this gap. To this end, Violence, Gender & WASH: A Practitioner's Toolkit contains a collection of 8 "toolsets" including several case studies, videos, methodologies, and scenarios, among others.

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