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


The empowerment of women and marginalised people is central to the Water for Women Fund, 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 CSO partners, Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFHF), to undertake a pilot in Do No Harm (DNH) 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 the Water for Women learning brief Do No Harm for Women’s empowerment in WASH.

This briefing note and accompanying film was launched at SIWI World Water Week in August.


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