How Access to Water and Sanitation Helps Women and Girls

Posted by Katherine Bliss Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center and Senior Fellow, Americas Program

In previous posts I have focused on the challenge of gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, noting the high percentage of women in the region reporting some form of psychological, physical, or sexual abuse by spouses or intimate partners.  I also highlighted the importance of programs that empower girls and women through education and income-generating activities; raise family and community awareness about gender-based violence; encourage police and social services agencies to both enforce laws against gender-based violence and protect and support victims of abuse; and inform policy makers about the negative social, political, and economic implications of gender-based violence in the region.  These educational, legal, and policy approaches can have a direct and positive impact on the lives of women and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean – and beyond.

Today I want to highlight what might seem to be an indirect approach to preventing gender-based violence, but which has proven to be extraordinarily important in a variety of settings: ensuring access to drinking water and sanitation facilities  More at

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