Title

Gender Disparities in Water, Sanitation and Global Health

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-15-2015

Publication Title

The Lancet

DOI

10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61497-0

Abstract

First, a gender-based goal for water and sanitation is necessary in order to understand how compromised water resources and poor sanitation and hygiene affect women and humanity as a whole. Second, to monitor this goal, generation of sex-disaggregated data and sex-specific indicators needs to be a priority to assess whether water improvements truly affect women.7 Third, new research should seek to understand how women experience their water and sanitation environments and the resulting health risks of women due to linked burdens. Finally, and most importantly, the voices of women and girls must be central in water development frameworks to operationalise this human right. Water and sanitation services should be available in an acceptable, adequate, affordable, appropriate, and safe manner to all.

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