South Sudan: Integrated WASH Response and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence
Only 11 percent of the population of South Sudan has access to basic sanitation, and more than half of the population practices open defecation. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to violence when they travel far to visit a latrine, defecate in the open, or collect water. USAID’s Integrated WASH Response and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence project works directly with communities to improve access to safe WASH, promote women’s leadership, and prevent gender-based violence. For example, USAID helps create more access to safe sanitation and clean water sources closer to households, which can greatly enhance the security of women and children. USAID also encourages women to play a key role in deciding where water points should be located to ensure their safety. Given the prevalence of gender-based violence in South Sudan, particularly during times of conflict, it is imperative that women and girls take the lead on these activities and USAID is enabling them to do so.