A Call To Action: Organizational, Professional, and Personal Change For Gender Transformative WASH Programming

July 2020

‘Do not leave yourself behind as you work to ensure no one is left behind’, (Srilatha Batliwala, Keynote at RDI Conference, 2019).

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets aimed at improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are also an opportunity for the transformation of gender norms. To facilitate this transformation, this paper makes a call to action for global and national efforts for organi-zational, professional, and personal change.

Several NGOs are leading a process towards a more reflective and transformative approach. This paper presents a number of examples – from headquarters, and others from country offices and research institutes – of the changes under way to support a stronger connection between the ‘outer faces’ of WASH professionals in the sector and the individual, personal inner spaces. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations for personal and organizational change.

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