Catarina de Albuquerque, Virginia Roaf, Women and WaSH: The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2016, Pages 24-31 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/women-wash-human-rights-water-sanitation/) Abstract: Women and girls tend to experience and manage access—and the lack of access—to water and sanitation differently from men and boys. The traditional role of women in society, particularly with respect to management of the home and women's role as carers, means that they often have a greater need in terms of access to water and sanitation services compared to men. And yet women and girls are often prevented from participating in decision-making related to their access to water and sanitation. Women's generally lower economic and political power in comparison to men leaves them with reduced choices in how they access services. Female-headed households tend to be poorer and located in more precarious places, such as informal settlements or low-quality housing, compared to households that are led by two adults. This impacts the accessibility, quality, affordability, and acceptability of services available. The needs of menstruating women and girls are also seldom considered in the … Topics: Human Rights; Water; Women