Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water and Sanitation are each recognised as fundamental human rights and incorporated in the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. Water and sanitation are recognised as essential conditions for a healthy life and are usually combined with Hygiene (WASH).
Water and Sanitation are each recognised as fundamental human rights. Women and girls face different challenges in terms of access and use of water and sanitation. Simavi uses a holistic approach and we ensure water, sanitation and hygiene interventions are combined in our programmes.
The Special Rapporteur is partnering with various organisations to promote the human rights to water and sanitation (HRWS), including Simavi. In March, the theme in focus is “gender equality in the human rights to water and sanitation”, a theme that particularly fits with the work Simavi has been conducting over many years now and with our human rights-based approach.
Simavi believes that two factors are crucial in achieving health for all women and girls: sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Women and girls face disproportionate challenges in achieving sexual and reproductive health rights as well as the right to water, sanitation and hygiene compared to men.