women and girls

Article

A Clean Break, a Fresh Start

Learn how students, teachers, and USAID are teaming up for better health in East Java, Indonesia.

A Troublesome Toilet

At Ngalah School in Pasuruan, Indonesia, over 330 girls had to share Dorm D’s solitary bathroom—more like a locker room or public pool facility than anything else.

"It was dirty. Bugs were everywhere,” said 19-year-old Anis Faridah, the girls’ student leader. “There weren’t enough toilets or enough showers."

Toolkit

Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Gender-Based Violence Interventions Along the Relief to Development Continuum

USAID developed this toolkit to support the implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. It provides guidance to USAID staff, implementing partners and the larger community of international relief and development practitioners on how to monitor and evaluate gender-based violence (GBV) interventions along the Relief to Development Continuum (RDC). The RDC is divided broadly into three phases: (1) the pre-crisis phase, (2) the crisis phase, and (3) the post-crisis phase.

Toolkit

Menstrual Hygiene Management Toolkit

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an important component of a “WASH-Friendly School.” As a new concept in schools, the USAID-funded Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene (SPLASH) project and Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) are offering various kinds of support to teachers to establish MHM programs and facilities to keep girls and female teachers in school.

Blog

#MenstruationMatters: Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017

Let’s talk about menstruation. Only one out of two girls in India and one out of every four girls in Tanzania and Ethiopia knows about menstruation before the start of their first cycle. For this reason, education is this year’s theme for Menstrual Hygiene Day, taking place May 28.

Article

Where WASH Saves Lives: Creating New Traditions in Nepal

On her first night of menstruation, and for every night of her period, 15-year-old Roshani Tiruwa was expected to leave the warmth and safety of her family home and sleep in a tiny windowless hut barely large enough to stretch out in. She ate less dinner than usual because, by custom, women are not allowed to eat dairy at this point in their cycle.

Water Currents

Water Currents: Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day

Water Currents is produced biweekly by USAID’s E3 Water Office. Each issue contains recent news and articles on water sector issues, partner and donor updates, latest sector research, and a special focus on one topic. Please provide your feedback and suggestions by contacting the waterteam@usaid.gov.

Global Waters Article

Tackling Water Issues Lightens the Load for Garment Workers

The apparel industry employs millions of people throughout the world, a majority of whom are women. In many garment-producing countries women also bear the disproportionate burden for household responsibilities, particularly water collection.

Lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation takes up their time, affects their health, lowers their income-earning potential, and stands in the way of caring for families and improving their education.

Fact Sheet

Women + Water Fact Sheet

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Gap Inc. share a common interest in improving the health and well-being of the women, families, and communities touched by the global apparel industry through improved water, sanitation, and hygiene services, and responsibly managing water resources.

Activity

Empowering Girls Through Education and Health

Empowering Girls Through Education and Health (ASPIRE) is a four-year US$ 18.2 million USAID activity aimed at increasing the educational attainment of girls in primary and secondary schools in Balaka, Machinga and Zomba districts in Malawi, reaching 182,000 girls.

Partnership

Women + Water Alliance

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Gap Inc. share a common interest in improving the health and well-being of the women, families, and communities touched by the global apparel industry through improved water, sanitation, and hygiene services, and responsibly managing water resources.