Research has shown that the burden of water collection disproportionately affects women and children. Consequently, they also benefit the most from improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services as demonstrated in the Water and Development Alliance and Ipsos’ Ripple Effect Study. This blog post makes the argument for how women’s involvement in WASH–related decision-making can improve outcomes for all.
USAID’s Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) is working to bolster gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) in the WASH sector with the newly awarded grant, “Strengthening the Role of Women in WASH Leadership and Decision-Making in Ghana.” Under this grant, WALIS is working with Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) to support the organizational development of a women’s professional network (WiWASH) and work with two utility partners to develop gender-sensitive policies and procedures and provide training for staff. Read More