This International Women’s Day, WSUP is profiling three women leaders who are improving water and sanitation services in urban areas in their countries.

Read on to find out more about the role that these three women are playing in delivering better services, and their thoughts on why improved WASH is a women’s issue:

Faustina Boachie, Ghana Water CompanyFaustina Boachie – Ghana Water Company

“Since WASH issues directly affect us, we should inspire ourselves and build our own capacity to rise up to the challenge facing us.”

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Yvonne Siyeni, Lusaka Water & Sewerage CompanyYvonne Siyeni – Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company

“With hard work, there is no field a woman would not fit in. Indeed if more women can be on different levels of decision making in engineering, administration, commercial, information technology and other fields, change can be enhanced.”

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Zaituni Kanenje, NAWASSCOZaituni Kanenje – Nakuru Water, Sewerage and Sanitation Services Company

“Most of the low-income consumer services positions are being taken up by women. Why? We understand more when it comes to the needs of water and sanitation. We understand why it is important to shorten the distance from the household to the water points.”

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