In September 2015 UN Member States adopted the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), determining their agendas and policies over the next 15 years. Women for Water Partnership advocates the importance of linking implementing SDG 5 - achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, with implementation of SDG 6 - ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. On this new page we will frequently present how our members contribute to women and water related SDG Targets through their projects around the world.
Sri Lanka: Turning the wheel towards girl friendly school toilets
For many girls in Sri Lanka going to the toilet at school is a nightmare. Especially during menstruation. Education in reproductive health still suffers from traditional beliefs keeping taboos about menstruation widely spread. WfWP member NetWwater initiated a School Menstrual Hygiene Management(MHM) program in cooperation with the Education Department of Sri Lanka’s Central Province. The – ongoing - program has now expanded over the entire province. Full story
Nepal: From First Aid to Structural Water Resource Management
Women for Water implementing SDG Target 6.1
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, toppling multi-story buildings in the capital and creating landslides and avalanches in the Himalaya Mountains. Nearly 9,000 people died and more than 22,000 suffered injuries. WfWP provided its member in Nepal, WPLUS, a grant to support earthquake victims of Sindhupalchowk district to regain access to drinking water. In consultation with the community the initial aid project transformed into a programme educating and supporting communities in water resource management and gender equality. Full story
Women for Water implementing SDG Target 6.2
Kenya: Safe Water, Sanitation and Green Energy for school girls
One third of school absenteeism in Kenya is due to lack of safe water and toilets at schools. Many girls decide to avoid school during their menstruation periods, even though they often do not have proper facilities at home as well. Long school days increase the risk of menstrual leaks and girls experience frequent harassment by boys. In addition girls miss out on education because they have to collect wood for cooking during the day and because the lack of lightning makes it very difficult doing homework for school after dark. Soroptimists in Kenya address this situation in a three year project supported by WfWP. Full story
Women for Water implementing SDG Target 6.1
Tanzania: From access to clean water to economic empowerment
The Tegemeo Women Group (TWG) in Tanzania gained access to clean water with WfWP support. to gain access to clean water. The women have now taken on the next challenge, to establish economic ventures. Another WfWP Member, Passage, supports the three year programme. Full story
Women for Water implementing multiple SDG6 targets
Uganda: Fisher Women lead access to Water and Sanitation
Fisher communities in Uganda are among the world’s most marginalized. Poverty and illiteracy levels are high and many households are affected by HIV/AIDS. The communities largely depend on contaminated water of Lake Victoria. Women and children are overburdened by searching water and caring for the sick due to water related diseases. Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT), a member of WfWP, addresses this situation by empowering women to take leading roles in creating access to and managing water and sanitation facilities. The project directly supports 4,944 people to gain access to water and adequate sanitation, while addressing multiple SDG5 and 6 targets. Full story
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.
Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.
By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.