Women in Waste Management: An Opportunity

Women in Asia play a central role in environmental management, yet their work in the sector is often unpaid or underpaid.

This webinar from USAID Urban discussed:

  • Key constraints for women’s empowerment and job creation in the solid waste management sector.
  • What models work and how do we know they work. What metrics are NGO’s and donors using to measure the empowerment of women in the solid waste management sector.
  • How can grant-making under the USAID-funded Municipal Waste Recycling Program empower women in the sector.

 

Announcing the #WaterSecureWorld Photo Contest

 

“Our vision is a water secure world, where people have sustainable supplies of water of sufficient quantity and quality to meet human, economic, and ecosystem needs while managing risks from floods and droughts.”

- U.S. Government Global Water Strategy

Can you Picture a Water Secure World?

Water Currents: Gender and WASH

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by lack of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. Their needs differ from men in terms of sanitation, they spend more of their time collecting water, yet they have less say about household and community decisions made on WASH services. Similarly, women throughout the developing world face different barriers than men in terms of their involvement in WASH-related professions, such as utility management.

Taboo Subject in the Spotlight at Annual Water and Health Conference

I hurried into the meeting room, reassuring myself that most participants also had not made the 7 a.m. start time for the session. I was wrong. The room was almost full, and I had a challenging time even finding a seat. On the main screen, a representative of the Philippines Ministry of Health was enthusiastically presenting via videoconference. Throughout her presentation, questions popped up on another large screen submitted by participants listening online.

USAID at 2017 UNC Water and Health Conference

The Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will take place October 16–20 at the University of North Carolina ­(UNC)-Chapel Hill. The 8th annual event, organized by The UNC Water Institute, has grown to become one of the most important domestic gatherings of academics, policymakers, and development practitioners in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector.

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.

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.

#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.