Government and NGO efforts for reconstruction after disasters – whether human-made or caused by nature – should include adequate gender and cultural sensitive sanitation facilities. Involvement of the local community and incorporating the women’s perspective in deciding about the design, location, etc. of these facilities is imperative and will make the investment sustainable.

Women’s biology requires different sanitation facilities; adequate facilities that take this into account will bring girls to school, make it possible for women to work, and in general, improve their health. Therefore, it is imperative to have women participate in the design, building and maintenance of sanitation to find workable solutions for their situation.

To read the statement, click here: Women’s Major Group Statement on Sanitation

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