Gender Disparities in Water, Sanitation and Global Health
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.
Caruso, Bethany A., Varadan Sevilimedu, Isaac Chun-Hai Fung, Archana Patkar, Kelly Baker.
"Gender Disparities in Water, Sanitation and Global Health."
The Lancet, 386 (9994): 650-651.