Case Study DRC: Promoting gender equality in WASH programmes

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and shoulder the largest burden in water collection. In DRC, gender based violence has been pervasive throughout the war and even in areas not affected by conflict, women are at high risk of rape during water collection and open defecation.

CAFOD’s partner Centre Olame is bridging the links between all three matched fund themes of water, gender and advocacy, as part of the Water and Gender programme. The decision to promote gender equality within WASH programmes was made strategically by CAFOD when the opportunity to access institutional funds arose. As a result, gender capacity building has been provided to the WASH partners, raising awareness amongst traditionally technical sector staff.

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