Nigerian girls in School © UNICEF Nigeria/2007/Nesbitt
Nigeria: community-wide benefits from water and sanitation and girls’ education Link>>

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Unicef brochure: Sanitation for All: Promoting dignity and human rights [pdf - 700 Kb]
Sanitation for All brochure

Unicef Real Lives

New latrine in Sudan
© UNICEF Sudan/2005
Harriet Jore, 14, enters a newly-built latrine in her school in Juba, southern Sudan. The new facilities help students, especially girls, to stay in school. Read more>>

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Sanitation Contributes to Dignity and Social Development

Factsheet Sanitation fosters social development >>

Sanitation enhances dignity, privacy and safety, especially for women and girls. It improves convenience and social status. Sanitation in schools enables children, especially girls reaching puberty, to remain in the educational system. Restricted toilet opportunities increase the chance of chronic constipation and is making women vulnerable to violence if they are forced to defecate during nightfall and in secluded areas. Providing improved sanitation facilities is a liberating development for women and girls and is providing substantial benefits for the whole community.

Additional Resources

For Her its the Big Issue - WASHFor Her It's The Big Issue: Evidence Report Collection and analyses of noteworthy examples that demonstrate the widespread impacts of women's contributions to WASH activities. WSSCC, 2006. pdf- English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Framework for Action - Sanitation and Hygiene in SchoolsFramework for Action on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools - A report of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Schools Roundtable meeting, which took place in Oxford, UK, 24-26 January 2005 where more than 100 people shared experiences and expertise and to examine barriers to education related to water and sanitation issues. Oxfam UK, WSSCC, UNICEF, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, 2005. [pdf - 1.76 Mb]

Mainstreaming Gender Water and Sanitation: Strategy and Action Plan - emphasizes the benefits of entrusting responsibility to groups of women and men of taking control of solving their water and sanitation problems at the local level, particularly slums which are highly deficient in water and sanitation services. UN-Habitat, 2006. [pdf - 2.1 Mb]

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