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TitleDesigning gender-sensitive sanitation for floating villages
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHagan, JM, Hughes, R, Smith, J
Secondary TitleTowards inclusive WASH : sharing evidence and experience from the field : a series of 16 case-studies
Pagination9 p.; 8 fig.
Date Published2012-07-01
Place PublishedS.l.
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, cambodia tonle sap lake, case studies, community-led total sanitation, gender, geographical factors, poverty

Floating communities on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake face a unique set of geographical circumstances when designing appropriate sanitation solutions for men, women and children. In this context, Engineers Without Borders Australia together with Live & Learn Environmental Education present their experiences with community-led approaches to sanitation design, including the benefits of gender segregated meetings. This paper
offers examples of the practical solutions developed by community members when designing latrines that are appropriate for children, as well as men and women. It also highlights the ongoing barriers project staff face in challenging the community’s views towards the importance of menstrual hygiene management facilities, particularly in schools. Interestingly, the community’s location in a world heritage listed area meant that National Park Rangers and other environmental advocates were also stakeholders in this project. Because of the environmental sensitivity of the project site, the project had a heavy focus on faecal management. [authors abstract]

This case study is one of sixteen from the Towards Inclusive WASH series, supported by AusAID’s Innovations Fund.

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