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WECF and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Breast Cancer: Policy and Prevention

WECF training programmes and capacity building on gender and sustainability

International “Nesting” programme – A Healthy Environment for Healthy Children

Women's Major Group -Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

WECF representation in international and UN policy processes

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for Women and Girls

EDC Free Coalition Public Consultation

Asbestos: a silent killer on a global scale – substitute it now!

WHO European Environment and Health Process (EEHP)

EVENT: WHO 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Ostrava

EVENT: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Conference of the Parties, 2017

EVENT: Gender Just Climate Solutions Awards, COP22, Marrakesh

EVENT: WECF on the road to the COP22

Women and Gender Constituency at UNFCCC

Women's Global Call for Climate Justice

EVENT: WECF at the COP21

Don't Nuke the Climate - Paris 2015

Gender E3 Working Group in the European Parliament

Women and Gender Constituency at COP20 Lima, Peru

UNECEs 5th MOP to the Aarhus Convention, Maastricht 2014

Nuclear Power is not a solution to climate change – plug into renewables

WECF at the COP19 in Warsaw: Climate Finance and Gender Equality

International ‘Safe Toys’ Coalition – toxic free children products

Online discussion group INTERA

UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 - Rio +20

Toxic free beauty - safe cosmetics

The Golden Nuclear Fuelrod Award

ToNi-Finder - WECF's Map for Sustainable School Toilets and Nitrate Levels

Children's Environmental Health Award 2010

Children's Environmental Action Plan for Europe

REACH - Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in the EU

Safe and Sustainable Sanitation for Women & Menstrual Hygiene

In some areas of the world, menstruation is considered as an impure and shameful act. Therefore girls are trying to hide that they are menstruating. Unfortunately, due to lack of safe facilities or supply of feminine hygiene products many young girls are forced to drop schools during their period. Each month they are deprived of their basic right, namely right to education.

| WECF Campaign

Countries: Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
Donors: Natracare, private donors
Partners: Natracare, Katachel
Issues: Water & Sanitation
Duration: 09/2010 - 09/2020

Can you image that for almost seven days in a month you are stuck at home just because you have a period? In EU-member states approximately 20 million people suffer from lack of safe sanitation facilities. People for instance in Tajikistan, Romania or Bulgaria need to struggle for access to toilets. Very often inhabitants of rural areas use pit latrines which are far from schools or houses. Therefore due to adverse weather condition such as snow or storm, people are not able to reach toilets. In addition sanitation facilities are often disgustingly dirty, without water supply to wash hands or even with leaking ceilings. In many cases children often decided not to use pit latrines thus e.g. they limit daily intake of liquids or relieve themselves outside the village. This situation poses a threat not only to humans’ life but also to the environment. Often ground near pit latrines is polluted, in some cases it may also lead to water contamination.

WECF and Natracare want to make a difference through building new sanitation facilities and educating people in rural areas of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. In Tajikistan living conditions were improved through provision of new toilets. Nonmodern, unhygienic and one-roomed toilets were replaced by new ecosan separate toilets for girls and boys.  Ecosan is an example of dry urine-diverting toilet that enables to collect urine and feces for its further use as an agricultural fertilizer or compost. Blood as an organic material does not pose a threat to the sanitizing or composting process. Thus girls can use them during their period. Those toilets guarantee safety for girls who are often expose to sexual violence while using public toilets. Ecosan prevents ground or water from contamination, creating pollution free environment.  In Kunduz (Afghanistan) WECF together with its local partner the NGO “Katachel” provided families with new bathrooms. In addition, information concerning use of new toilets was provided through information sheets in local languages. That led to a significant improvement of women’s quality of life.

WECF main aim is to engage women to participate in local projects as women are often more interested in improving condition of sanitation facilities than men. However, women’s needs are often neglected due to societal barriers. Their safety and health is at risk. Therefore women should be included in decision-making process as their role in motivating and educating communities is crucial.   






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