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Violence, gender and WASH: a practitioners’ toolkit Making water, sanitation and hygiene safer through improved programming, 16 March 2014


WeCan Campaign poster used in an IDP camp in Batticoloa, Sri Lanka to help respond to and prevent violence against women


Poorly designed and located water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions can increase people’s vulnerability to violence. This can range from sexual harassment when practicing open defecation or collecting water, to staff demanding sexual favours in exchange for access to WASH facilities.


With this in mind, WaterAid/SHARE have published a toolkit [1] to help practitioners make water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) safer for the most vulnerable.


The toolkit consists of briefing notes, a checklist of actions based on the ten key principles for reducing vulnerability to WASH-related violence, and a range of tools including case studies of good practice. It is relevant for both humanitarian and development contexts. The materials also include videos, scenarios for training and tools for use with communities, key extracts from international human rights instruments and a folder of additional supporting information


Any actor working in humanitarian, development or transitional contexts can request free access to the materials by sending an email to