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Role of rural women in sanitation and hygiene : a gender study from Bhutan

This is the first national gender study exploring sanitation and hygiene in Bhutan. The objective of the study was to help make Bhutan's Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (RSAHP) more gender sensitive and to improve the capacity of its implementers to integrate gender in the programme.

Qualitative research was conducted in the three districts of Samtse, Samdrup Jongkhar and Wangdue Phodrang on four main themes:

  1. the gender division of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related labour within the household
  2. decision-making at household level in general, including for sanitation and hygiene
  3. decision-making at community level
  4. access, privacy and safety issues related to WASH for rural women and men

The study provides recommendations based on its findings and a review of secondary data for the four components (governance, demand creation, supply chains and behavior change communication) of the RSAHP separately and also for the whole RSAHP in general.

TitleRole of rural women in sanitation and hygiene : a gender study from Bhutan
Publication TypeResearch Report
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCheizom, P., Choden, T.
Pagination47 p.
Date Published10/2014
PublisherSNV
Place PublishedThimphu, Bhutan
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsaccess to sanitation, access to water, decision making, division of labour
Abstract

This is the first national gender study exploring sanitation and hygiene in Bhutan. The objective of the study was to help make Bhutan's Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (RSAHP) more gender sensitive and to improve the capacity of its implementers to integrate gender in the programme.

Qualitative research was conducted in the three districts of Samtse, Samdrup Jongkhar and Wangdue Phodrang on four main themes:

  1. the gender division of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) related labour within the household
  2. decision-making at household level in general, including for sanitation and hygiene
  3. decision-making at community level
  4. access, privacy and safety issues related to WASH for rural women and men

The study provides recommendations based on its findings and a review of secondary data for the four components (governance, demand creation, supply chains and behavior change communication) of the RSAHP separately and also for the whole RSAHP in general.

Notes

Includes 16 ref. The annexes listed in the table of contents are not included.

URLhttp://www.snvworld.org/en/node/11232
Citation Key79957