This programme guide is intended to support humanitarian staff primarily working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in South Sudan to actively prepare and encourage more women to enter the WASH sector at all levels – community, technical and leadership. The recommendations, checklists and matrixes contain information about how to break down the current barriers and create, and maintain, an enabling environment for women’s participation and leadership. All the tools and recommendations within this document are based on the research findings from the Gender Gap in WASH Research 2019. The research was conducted by IOM and RedR UK, and included a desktop review and field research to explore the gender gap in women’s participation in the WASH sector. The research was funded by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and endorsed by the South Sudan WASH Cluster and gender-based violence (GBV) Sub- Cluster.
Improving women’s participation in the WASH sector implements existing policy by the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC) on gender and women’s empowerment and protection from GBV. It also fulfils commitments made in the South Sudan WASH Cluster Response Plan (HRP 2020), the Humanitarian Country Team Protection Strategy and the WASH Cluster accountability to affected populations (AAP) initiative.
All the tools contained in this report will require adaptations for specific context and work environments, however, the objective of the action should remain; how to reach that objective will differ.