5-6 JUNE 2018 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

From Stress to Success: Women, girls and the defining power of WASH

Supporting better health and empowerment through sanitation and hygiene

Lab debate
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
09:30 to 10:45

Millions of women and girls today lack the facilities, materials and information to manage the simple but vital biological acts of defecation and, especially, menstruation. In much of the world, menstruation means stigma, taboo and shame, keeping women from work and girls from school. This stigma, taboo and shame deny not only health and education; it denies dignity. There is good news: access to sanitation, hygiene and knowledge are proven drivers of life-long empowerment for adolescent girls. Focusing on real-life experiences and the latest evidence, the session will boast a dynamic, change-making dialogue between development partners, government representatives, women champions and academia.

Organised by


Louise Berg
Rolf Luyendijk
Executive Director
Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council