Working with everyone in the local community
Tearfund works with everyone in the local community – men, women and children, to make sure they have equal access to suitable, secure and sustainable water and sanitation services. Often greater support is needed for people who are vulnerable, marginalised or discriminated against to ensure their rights and needs are equally recognised. This can mean working with local government to help them to address taboo issues like gender-based violence.
Even where there are WASH services, certain people are more likely to be excluded from accessing these, due to their vulnerability, marginalisation or active discrimination. In almost all societies, this includes women and children, people living with disabilities and chronic illness, people with certain gender identities, people who belong to specific ethnic groups, religions and castes, people who have been displaced and those living in remote areas. These groups often experience limited opportunities, limited choices and limited freedoms, which makes them more vulnerable to poverty.
Evidence suggests that disadvantaged and marginalised groups are least able to provide sustainable WASH facilities for themselves and they are often excluded from relief and rehabilitation processes (Myers et al., 2017).
Sustainable Development Goals
Eliminating discrimination and inequality is essential to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and its agenda for universality. Goal 6 focuses specifically on water and sanitation for all:
6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
Transforming our world: The 2030 agenda for sustainable development (PDF 369 KB)
Water, sanitation and hygiene ladders