Global Resources

Video: Water and Sanitation

Publication Date: Jan 2010
This short video on access to water and sanitation highlights the importance of gender mainstreaming, going beyond policy and programme documents to implementation on the ground. Focusing on the growing urbanisation in Africa, it provides a vivid picture of the experience of living without basic access to water and sanitation, where women have to urinate or defecate in plastic bags, which are then thrown into ditches near their homes. Fetching water is difficult, but women are also at threat from sexual violence if they choose to collect water when it is dark outside. The film encourages viewers to think about the roles and responsibilities for men and women, as well as how and when they use water. Women are also identified as being excellent water project planners and managers, but need more opportunity and channels for decision making.