Your lobbying needed: including gender indicators into the SDG targets 6.2 and 6.3


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Your lobbying needed: including gender indicators into the SDG targets 6.2 and 6.3

Dear all,

The SDG negotiations on targets and indicators are in a final stage and there is the need to make sure that the targets 6.2 and 6.3 will be gender sensitive.

During the Stockholm World Water Week a number of members of the SuSanA Working Group 7 on Gender met to prepare and hold an event on gender sensitive indicators for sanitation and wastewater planning and implementation (goal 6.2 and 6.3).
livestream here:

The outcome of the event and follow up meeting is a set of recommendations as well as proposed indicators.

Please find the proposed indicators below or attached.

To influence the decision process on UN level to integrate key gender equality measures we would kindly ask you to

- submit them to the UN, following this link

- contact your national country representative and lobby the for inclusion if the proposed indicators

The deadline for submission from civil society, NGOs and academia is 7 September 2015 (just extended for 3 three days longer).

We think it is crucial to ensure that the needs of women and girls are at the heart of SDG implementations.

To ensure that, we need to lobby now.

Or as Uschi Eid (UNSGAB) said in our event: “What is not being measured is not going to be done!”

With that we hope you agree to the proposed indicators and lobby for them online and in your country.

Warm greetings,

Maren Heuvels, BORDA
and Claudia Wendland, WECF

Proposed global indicators SDGs on Gender and WASH – Wastewater, based on existing proposals

Crosscutting in the SDGs:

Data disaggregated by sex, age and wealth


4.2.and 6.2. Menstrual Hygiene Management and WASH in Schools (Multi Purpose Indicators)

% of schools with separate toilets for females and males including MHM and a budget for operation and maintenance* (according to WHO guidelines)

% of pupils with safe use of sanitation including MHM in schools and addition to the teaching curriculum

% of Girls attending secondary school (13-15 yrs old) without missing school days


6.2 Menstrual Hygiene Management all sectors

% of people using safe sanitation* including MHM in working** and learning environments/institutions

** See also UNESCO WWAP proposed indicators

based on WHO guidelines, definition of ‘safe sanitation’ needs to be extended as follows: “safe, separate sanitation facilities, with water and soap, including accommodations for menstrual hygiene management in public, private, rural and urban spaces, including schools”


This is the only target of Goal 6 which specially calls for addressing needs of women and girls and vulnerable communities!


6.3. AND 6.a Women equal decision-making wastewater and reuse

% of wastewater and –reuse* organisations with gender equality at all levels of decision-making

% of wastewater and –reuse* authorities who have capacity and budget allocation for gender responsive planning, implementation and monitoring


% of processes with meaningful participation of civil society and local communities in planning, budgeting, implementation and monitoring processes of WASH & Wastewater & Reuse

* As defined in WHO guidelines on safe management and reuse of waste water and faecal material
Claudia Wendland
Water and Sanitation Specialist
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