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
Elaine Mercer
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Re: Engaging men and boys in sanitation and hygiene programmes

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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