Knowledge and Learning is an integral part of the Water for Women approach. It positions the Fund as an important contributor to global knowledge development and sharing in inclusive WASH and is a key priority for all partners. Fund-generated evidence about innovative and sustainable gender and socially inclusive WASH will enable the Fund partners to share learning and program for long-term impact and sustainability. It will also provide the basis to influence sector-wide WASH policy and practice.

 


 

SGM Inclusion cover page

June 2020

Sexual and Gender Minorities and COVID-19: Guidance for WASH delivery

Developed by Water for Women and Edge Effect to provide some key principles, considerations and actions which Water for Women Fund partners, and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector more broadly, can apply to strengthen sexual and gender minority inclusion in their COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 programming responses and adaptations.


 

Disability Inclusion cover page

June 2020

Disability inclusion and COVID-19: Guidance for WASH delivery

Around 15% of the world’s population has a disability. People with disability are at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and are more likely to be disproportionately affected by the health, economic and social impacts of the global health pandemic. 

Developed by Water for Women and CBM Australia to provide some key principles, considerations and actions which Water for Women Fund partners, and the WASH sector more broadly, can apply to strengthen disability inclusion in their COVID-19 programming responses and adaptations.


 

Do No Harm learning brief

January 2020

Learning Brief: 'Do No Harm’ for inclusive WASH: working towards a shared understanding

Water for Women sees an intentional focus on ‘Do No Harm’ (DNH) approaches as a critical way of supporting an ethical approach to inclusion. This includes addressing the risk of backlash that comes with supporting representation and decision-making of women and marginalised groups to ensure that no one is left behind in WASH programming. The Fund aims to sharpen collective understanding and practice of DNH as a focus for learning as part of strengthening ‘inclusive WASH’.  

This Learning Brief aims to advance the Fund’s collective learning on these issues by reflecting on the discussions throughout the Systems Strengthening for Inclusive WASH learning event held in December 2019 in Nepal, through the lens of these DNH dimensions.


 

Systems Strengthening and Disability Inclusion cover page

December 2019

Disability Inclusive Systems Strengthening in WASH: How can we do it better?

The growing commitment to disability inclusive WASH within the sector has seen much progress in terms of accessible WASH infrastructure at all levels and support for people with disability to manage their WASH needs within their households and communities.

The WASH sector is also increasingly focused on the broader enabling environment for WASH policy and practice, or on strengthening ‘WASH systems’. The linkage of these two streams of work, however, remains an area for further learning and innovation.

This Learning Brief aims to advance the Fund’s collective learning on these issues by reflecting on the discussions throughout the Systems Strengthening for Inclusive WASH learning event held in December 2019 in Nepal.


 

Stepping up cover page

December 2019

Stepping Up: Ensuring sexual and gender minorities are not left behind

The Water for Women gender and social inclusion (GSI) framework includes sexual and gender minority (SGM) inclusion, alongside inclusion of people with disabilities and more conventional approaches to gender inclusion.

This Learning Brief aims to advance the Fund’s collective learning on SGM issues and inclusion by reflecting on the discussions throughout the Systems Strengthening for Inclusive WASH learning event held in December 2019 in Nepal.


 

Leave No One Behind Learning Event cover

October 2019

Leave No One Behind Learning Day – sharing insights from World Water Week

On October 3 2019, the Australian WASH Reference Group and the Water for Women Fund hosted an industry-wide Learning Day in Melbourne to share insights from the Stockholm International Water Institute’s 2019 World Water Week (WWW) and explore implications from key presentations for Australian WASH sector organisations.


 

Do No Harm - Women's Empowerment in WASH

September 2019

Learning Brief: 'Do No Harm' - Women's Empowerment in WASH

The empowerment of women and marginalised people is central to Water for Women, and recognised as key to leaving no one behind in achieving clean water and sanitation for all (SDG 6). But it can come at a cost, if we do not pro-actively address backlash and potential harms involved in challenging entrenched gender and social norms. This is what is known as having a ‘Do No Harm’ lens.

With funding support from the Australian Government, Water for Women supported one of its partners, Habitat for Humanity Fiji, to undertake a pilot in Do No Harm on women’s empowerment in WASH.  The pilot involved collaboration with the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre and supported the use and adaptation of IWDA’s DNH toolkit: Integrating the Elimination of Violence Against Women into Women’s Economic Empowerment Program.

Reflections and lessons learned from this are shared in this learning brief.

 

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