Zaituni Kanenje, NAWASSCO

Zaituni Kanenje: Interview with a leader in water and sanitation in Kenya

Zaituni Kanenje is a woman making a difference in the growing lakeside town of Nakuru, Kenya. As Manager for the Low-Income Customer Services department of NAWASSCO, the utility for the town, Zaituni focuses on extending WASH services into the poorer communities. And with this goal, reaching women is particularly important. “Without water, without proper hygiene, […]

Yvonne Siyeni, Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company

Yvonne Siyeni: Interview with a leader in water and sanitation in Zambia

“Working in a utility dominated by men has been challenging but exciting,” says Yvonne Siyeni, Manager for the Peri-urban department at Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC). Yvonne, a leader in the utility which supplies the city of Lusaka with water and sanitation services, encourages more women to work with utilities. “In as much as […]

Rute Rodrigues from Maputo

“We realised it was a reality, our dreams were beginning to happen”

Poor sanitation in the peri-urban areas of Maputo, Mozambique, has a disproportionate impact on the lives of women. But women are also playing a key role in tackling the challenge. “We had a precarious latrine that over the course of time became damaged, and collapsed due to heavy rains,” recalls Rute Rodrigues (pictured above), a […]

High-quality shared toilets can reduce women’s feelings of stress due to fear of violence

Findings from the Maputo Sanitation (‘MapSan’) project in Mozambique This Policy Brief summarises the findings of a qualitative research study which looked at causes and levels of psychosocial stress among users of traditional shared latrines and high-quality shared toilets in Maputo (Mozambique). The findings suggest that high-quality shared toilets can substantially reduce feelings of stress […]

Women in Visakhapatnam, India

Being bold for change in sanitation

In Visakhapatnam (Vizag), on India’s eastern coast, women have taken a leadership role in a citywide drive to clean up the city and eliminate the practice of open defecation. The project, part of India’s Swachh Bharat cleanliness drive, has seen WSUP providing technical assistance to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. The campaign sought to harness […]