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TitleMainstreaming gender in South African sanitation programmes: a blind spot or common practice? : paper prepared for the AfricaSan Conference: July 2002
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
Authorsvan der Voorden, C, Eales, K
Pagination5 p.
Date Published2002-07-01
PublisherMvula Trust
Place PublishedBraamfontein, South Africa
Keywordscase 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.

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