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Making sanitation and hygiene safer : reducing vulnerabilities to violence

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) aims for total sanitation where no-one practices open defecation, which in itself has potential to reduce vulnerabilities to violence. Concerns over safety, privacy or dignity when using sanitary facilities can however lead to the facilities not being used or only being used during hours of darkness. Whilst poor design or siting of latrines or hygiene related facilities are not the root cause of violence, these issues can contribute to increased vulnerabilities to violence, as well as fear of violence, which can affect the usage of the facilities and also the ability of communities to become and remain open-defecation free (ODF).

This issue of IDS's Frontiers of CLTS focuses on the issue of safety and vulnerabilities to violence that women, girls and sometimes boys and men can face which are related to sanitation and hygiene. It points out areas in which CLTS methodologies, if not used skilfully with awareness and care, can run the potential risk of creating additional vulnerabilities, for example as a by-product of community pressure to become ODF. It also looks at good practices within organisations to ensure that those working in the sector know how to programme to reduce vulnerabilities to violence and to ensure that sector actors also do not become the perpetrators of, or face violence. (also in French and Portuguese) 

TitleMaking sanitation and hygiene safer : reducing vulnerabilities to violence
Publication TypeManual
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHouse, S., Cavill, S.
Secondary Title Frontiers of CLTS : innovations and insights
Issueno. 05
Pagination21 p. : ill.
Date Published05/2015
PublisherInstitute of Development Studies
Place PublishedBrighton, UK
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN Number978-1-78118-233-8
Keywordsdesign criteria, women
Abstract

Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) aims for total sanitation where no-one practices open defecation, which in itself has potential to reduce vulnerabilities to violence. Concerns over safety, privacy or dignity when using sanitary facilities can however lead to the facilities not being used or only being used during hours of darkness. Whilst poor design or siting of latrines or hygiene related facilities are not the root cause of violence, these issues can contribute to increased vulnerabilities to violence, as well as fear of violence, which can affect the usage of the facilities and also the ability of communities to become and remain open-defecation free (ODF).

This issue of IDS's Frontiers of CLTS focuses on the issue of safety and vulnerabilities to violence that women, girls and sometimes boys and men can face which are related to sanitation and hygiene. It points out areas in which CLTS methodologies, if not used skilfully with awareness and care, can run the potential risk of creating additional vulnerabilities, for example as a by-product of community pressure to become ODF. It also looks at good practices within organisations to ensure that those working in the sector know how to programme to reduce vulnerabilities to violence and to ensure that sector actors also do not become the perpetrators of, or face violence. (also in French and Portuguese) 

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URLhttp://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/resource/frontiers-clts-issue-5-making-sanitation-and-hygiene-safer-reducing-vulnerabilities
Citation Key79333