[Supporting Material]: Gender Mainstreaming: Improving Water Supply in Vanuatu Women in Key Roles

One of the key outcomes of the use of the WASH BAT in Madagascar was that the WASH sector needed to evolve rapidly from providing infrastructure to a service delivery culture. A national campaign on sanitation and hygiene was believed to be required to highlight the issue and to focus on behaviour change, targeting women and children particularly, and ensuring that equity and poverty issues were addressed. This material presents an innovative and promising initiative ongoing from WASH colleagues in Pacific/Vanuatu, featured in the EAPRO Gender Newsletter (Feb 2017). If you know of other ways to strengthen gender in WASH, kindly lets us know!

This brief shows an innovative and promising initiative ongoing from WASH colleagues in Pacific/Vanuatu, featured in the EAPRO Gender Newsletter (Feb 2017). Despite Government commitments to equality and the advancement of women and girls, progress towards gender equality in Vanuatu has been slow. Men dominate in leadership and political positions, evident by the fact that no women have been elected to parliament for over a decade. Women are generally not permitted to take part in decision-making processes, especially in regards to resources. However, females play a key role in fetching water, collecting up to 2/3 of the water, but they are under-represented in water user committees: of the 2,237 committee members only 16% are female. This brief summarizes a promising practice that showcases gender mainstreaming in WASH programming in the region. UNICEF Vanuatu utilised the power of data to encourage greater female leadership in water systems management. Data was used to highlight the benefits women bring to the efficiency of Water User Committees when they hold key decision-making positions. (Link)


UNICEF. 2017. Gender Mainstreaming: Improving Water Supply in Vanuatu Women in Key Roles. 2 p.

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