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AusAID gender guidelines: water supply and sanitation


AusAID gender guidelines: water supply and sanitation

April 2005


Promoting equal opportunities for women and men as participants and beneficiaries of development is the goal of Australia?s gender and development policy.
WASH projects are increasingly demand-driven. Projects have to be responsive to the articulated demands of users. If women play a minor role in community decision-making, they may well be marginalised under a demand-driven approach unless steps are taken to include them.

Encouraging and assisting men and women to undertake new gender roles requires ongoing project support. WSS projects, therefore, have to focus not only on technical solutions but also on long-term issues such as change management, building community decision-making and leadership skills and improving
consultation processes within WASH agencies.