Leslie Moreland, Girls and WaSH: How WaSH in Schools Can Help to Address Gender Inequities, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2016, Pages 50-54 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/girls-wash-wash-schools-can-help-address-gender-inequities/) Abstract: In 2015, 663 million people lacked improved drinking water sources and 2.4 billion lacked access to appropriate sanitation facilities.1 A recent UNICEF study showed that global access to water in schools is at 71 percent and sanitation access at 69 percent. For least-developed countries, this drops to appallingly lower coverage rates of 52 percent and 51 percent, respectively.2 The daily and long-term consequences of the burdens experienced by girls across the globe caused by a lack of safe water and underdeveloped sanitation and hygiene facilities are considerable. This situation is particularly pronounced for young girls and female adolescents who often miss school because of a lack of access to safe and improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) facilities. While gender disaggregated data for availability of WaSH facilities in schools is limited, reports point to average sanitation coverage being five percent lower for girls than for boys, a critical factor in school … Topics: Education; Water; Women; Youth