Virginia is an independent consultant working on the practical implications of the human rights to water and sanitation for improving access to these resources for marginalized and vulnerable individuals and groups. She is currently working with the Sanitation and Water for All partnership, as well as with WaterAid. She previously worked with Catarina de Albuquerque as the lead writer for her Handbook for realizing the human rights to water and sanitation.

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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 […]

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Almost 25 years ago, women and men gathered in Dublin, Ireland, for an international conference on water and the environment. The Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development agreed upon at this event was a pivotal document six months before Rio and the Earth Summit.1 The Dublin Statement provided the first official recognition of …

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