Engaging men and boys in sanitation and hygiene programmes

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Engaging men and boys in sanitation and hygiene programmes

Discussions of gender in sanitation and hygiene often focus on the roles, positions or impacts on women and girls. Such a focus is critical to improving the gendered outcomes in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), as women and girls bear the greatest burden of WASH work yet are often excluded from planning, delivery and monitoring community WASH activities as a result of having less power, resources, time and status than their male peers. However, current efforts to improve sanitation and change social norms may not always actively engage men and boys in the most effective way. There is more to learn about how the roles men and boys actually play out in improving use of safe sanitation and improved hygiene practices and – if necessary – how the engagement strategies can be modified to make efforts more successful.

This issue of Frontiers of CLTS shares and builds on the learning from a desk study that explores examples of men’s and boys’ behaviours and gender roles in sanitation and hygiene. Of particular interest is the extent to which the engagement of men and boys in S&H processes is leading to sustainable and transformative change in households and communities and reducing gendered inequality.

The review focuses on men and boys: how to engage them (or not), how to mobilise them as allies in the transformation of S&H outcomes and the problems they contribute to and experience.

http://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/resources/frontiers/engaging-men-and-boys-sanitation-and-hygiene-programmes
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You can also read a blog which summarises the motivation behind this Frontiers publication and the key learning points
http://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/blog/challenging-gender-norms-achieve-sustainable-sanitation
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Re: New publication and case studies: Engaging men and boys in gender-transformative WASH

Hi everyone, 

We've just published an update to our previous Frontiers (above).

In Part 1, the differing roles of men and boys were reviewed in terms of objects to change (i.e. to change sanitation or hygiene behaviours), agents of change (in promoting improved practices), and partners for change in gender-transformative WASH processes.

This update reviews progress and provides practical examples of the opportunities and challenges with this endeavour. It also includes recommendations for those thinking about why and how to include engaging men and boys as part of their WASH programmes.

Recommendations
  1. Define success
  2. Address challenges to engaging men and boys in WASH
  3. Build organisational capacity and strengthen partnerships
  4. Set up monitoring systems that track progress towards objectives
  5. Set up processes for knowledge sharing and learning
Download the Frontiers part 2 here:  Engaging Men and Boys for Gender-Transformative WASH We also have published a series of case studies focusing on work in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Vanuatu and Nepal. You can download them here:  Emerging Practice for the Engagement of Men and Boys in WASH

If these are useful to your work, we'd love to know. Any comments or feedback are welcome. 

Thanks,

Alice
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Re: New publication and case studies: Engaging men and boys in gender-transformative WASH

Greetings Alice!

Thank you for sharing updates on the interesting publications that focus on "Engaging boys and men in sanitation and hygiene programs."

In the quest to promote Gender transformative WASH approaches, it has been evident that boys and men tend to be left out in the many interventions and I am glad that the shared publications highlight the importance of involving boys and men at various levels and how different countries and organizations have done that.

I agree with the fact that involving male community leaders is important in promoting men’s acceptance to their roles and necessary for positive effects of transformational change. Involvement of men at various levels has proven to promote and support men’s inclusion in WASH activities, programs, and organizations.

Great work👍

Best regards,
Rosemary.
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[With financial support from GIZ (from December 2022 to March 2023)]
Junior Consultant at the African Women Sanitation Professionals Network Zambia Chapter (AWSPN-ZC)
Project Associate at CaDev
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Hi All ,

I don't know how to express. We live in modern days of 21st Century.

And I feel, Involving Gender Sense in Sanitation is not appropriate. Instance, In Tamilnadu - India, School Teachers who involve students in Sanitation are highly condemded and are legally challenged by local communities , on various reasons.

My point goes beyond these things, as a men who has worked among various communities in Sanitation and other aspects of Health and Hygiene in past 20 years.

Why don't we rely or concentrate on Technology , like Solar Energy & its Electricity to cover Schools or Rural communities to take care of Water and Sanitation Needs.

We live in an era of Technology, and purely speaking of gender or boys or men to be responsible in Sanitation would be an Outdated concept to me.

Its purely my thought on experience and not hurt any one.

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Sathis Sayeenath.
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Re: Engaging men and boys in sanitation and hygiene programmes

Dear SuSANA Members,

We have been in Hostels male, women and others, 
Have always trained youth to become aware on all WASH Practices and use of PPEs Etc

Youth go with cleaning staff and train with them, 
It is made clear to PTA meets, youth do not clean on regular basis, but work along for learning  purposes the WASH Practices Etc.

Pl explain if it is needed.
STs are most dangerous to open and clean, 
The work and labour is to be respected at all times.
Take safeguard, PPEs use.
Awareness on hazards of Methane it is odourless.
Being a Mariner, we do clean on ships ST Tanks and systems.. take precaution follow check lists..
Gas monitoring for O2 CH4 CO2 all to be noted.

Well wishes 
Prof Ajit Seshadri 
The Vigyan Vijay Foundation 
www.vigyanvijay.org  
Prof. Ajit Seshadri, Faculty in Marine Engg. Deptt. Vels University, and
Head-Environment , VigyanVijay Foundation, Consultant (Water shed Mngmnt, WWT, WASH, others)Located at present at Chennai, India
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