Understanding women’s water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) vulnerability

Poor access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services has serious implications for human health and wellbeing, and the impacts are not equally distributed. Despite knowledge of women’s central role in collecting and managing water for the household, more solutions are needed to address gender inequalities relating to WASH services.

The aim of this project is to develop a tool to assess women’s vulnerability to inadequate WASH. This will help identify ways to improve WASH security and address the needs of women.

A mixed-methods case study conducted in rural Burkina Faso will be used to develop and pilot this tool.

The project will engage a range of stakeholders, including policy-makers and practitioners, to identify opportunities to strengthen inclusive implementation of WASH services, in Burkina Faso and beyond.

This project is one of twelve Catalyst Projects funded through our Partnership Funding


August 2016 – September 2017


Burkina Faso


  • Stockholm Environment Institute

‘Getting gender-specific evidence on WASH services is critical to addressing inequalities women face in achieving the Human Right to Water and Sanitation.’

Dr Sarah Dickin, Stockholm Environment Institute

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