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From Pakistan to Haiti, an examination of gender inclusion in WASH
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to understand the current and past challenges to including gender concerns within water and sanitation (WASH) programming. The case studies of the Pakistan and Haiti earthquakes in 2005 and 2010, respectively, are examined in order to understand how gender is included in water and sanitation programming. In order to examine this issue, interviews were conducted with personnel from humanitarian organizations focused on relief aid as well as research and policy. A literature study was conducted as well. Reports and analysis from organizations responding to the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan and Haiti, and more general examinations of WASH were studied.

 The findings conclude that the challenges to gender-sensitive approaches to WASH are linked to the difficulty of implementing gender-sensitive policies, as well as how organizations interact with and utilize guidelines versus gender focal points. The cases of Pakistan and Haiti point to the changing nature of the WASH sector in terms of its regard for gender concerns.

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2016.
Keywords [en]
Water and sanitation, Pakistan, Haiti, Gender
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-350766OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-350766DiVA, id: diva2:1206073
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International Humanitarian Action
Educational program
Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action
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Available from: 2018-05-18 Created: 2018-05-15 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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