|Title||Mainstreaming gender in South African sanitation programmes: a blind spot or common practice? : paper prepared for the AfricaSan Conference: July 2002|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Authors||van der Voorden, C, Eales, K|
|Place Published||Braamfontein, South Africa|
|Keywords||case studies, gender, impact, policies, sanitation, sdiafr, sdigen, south africa, women|
The high profile Whitepaper on Basic Household Sanitation is silent on one aspect: gender. Evaluations revealed that while women are volunteers on committees, be it with varying degrees of influence, all paid jobs in sanitation are male and the value of sanitation and gender approaches still goes unrecognized. Toilets are also often women-unfriendly in designs and locations. Quota (e.g. 50% women committee members) are tokenism when not including a better balance of power.