World Toilet Day Special : Understanding equity & inclusion in sanitation? Please suggest key readings !


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World Toilet Day Special : Understanding equity & inclusion in sanitation? Please suggest key readings !

Dear SuSanA community, 

In the last years, equity and inclusion have taken a center stage in WASH, especially in sanitation. 

However, compared to technology, finance and planning aspects of sanitation, the knowledge about equity in sanitation has not received adequate attention. Despite concepts like Citywide Inclusive Sanitation which place importance on this, there is a general lack of operational and research awareness. on equity and inclusion. 

Could we take this opportunity this week when the World Toilet Day happens, to highlight few key research publications, practical tools and projects which have shone the spotlight on Equity and Inclusion in Sanitation 

I will start with few:

1. JMP 2019 - "Progress on Household Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Special Focus on Inequalities."  
This really highlights the inequalities in progress - be it rural vs urban or rich vs poor. 

2. World Bank 2019 - "Doing more with less - Smarter Subsidies for WASH"
This shows how subsidies don't often reach the poor as much as they reach the rich. 

3. UN Women Report 2016 - "Towards gender equality through sanitation access" 
Highlights MHM, shared sanitation, and disproportionate impact on Women and girls. 

4. Khanna and Das 2015  - "Why gender matters in sanitation"
Explores Gender norms in rural India, and suggests policies and programming to be more inclusive

5. World Bank, ILO, WaterAid and WHO 2019 - "Health Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers"
The a comprehensive initial assessment of a much needed focus area in sanitation - the sanitation workers.

Thank you very much in advance!
- Abishek 
Abishek S Narayan
Co-lead for SuSanA WG-6: Cities
Doctoral Researcher, Eawag-Sandec
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