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GENDER-DISAGGREGATED DATA ON WATER AND

7 | Recommendations

1) Governments and multilateral donors should support further initiatives to extend efforts to reframe the mechanisms, approaches, and paradigms of gender-disaggregated data collection in the WATSAN sectors, and to develop specific frameworks and methodologies for their implementation, taking into account the needs and obstacles identifies through this EGM process. Such initiatives must involve grassroots participants as well as policy-makers, and must incorporate lessons from successful local and small-scale efforts that document the complex range and nature of gendered relationships to water and sanitation.

2) While this foundational revisionary work is underway, and as a parallel step, existing data mechanisms at local, national and global levels should be improved and deployed to incorporate consideration of gender- disaggregated water and sanitation issues.

For example: ! The UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking- Water (GLAAS) could incorporate questions on gendered participation into their existing reports on WATSAN capacities; ! UNDP could incorporate WATSAN as one component of its composite gender indices (the Gender Development Index (GDI) and the Gender Empowerment Measure (GEM)); a relatively easy entry point would be to incorporate into these indices statistics on women in governmental decision-making bodies on water and sanitation; ! UNICEF and UNESCO are well placed to collect gender-specific data on school sanitation; ! UNIFEM could incorporate water into their time-use studies.

Sascha Gabizon, WECF, Christine Sijbesma, IRC and Bilqis Hoque, EPRC (from left to right)

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