Seminar on Gender and WASH- Problem and Prospects by Presidency University, Bangalore [Mar 27]: Submit by Feb 25: Expired

The access to clean water and basic sanitation has been declared by UNGA as a basic human right and it is essential for achieving gender equality, sustainable development and poverty alleviation. WASH is an acronym which was adopted by the UN in 2008, the International Year of Sanitation.

The W of WASH stands for Water, specifically access to safe drinking water, the S stands for Sanitation, while H stands for Hygiene. The move to the language of WASH signals a wider agenda, recognizing the need for a range of complementary political, economic and socio-cultural changes and measures needed in addition to services and infrastructure, to realize the ultimate goal of WASH – “human health, well-being, and development” Sustainable Development Goal 5 aims at achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, while Sustainable Development Goal 6 exists to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The two SDGs sit side by side, and for very good reason. Gender equality in respect of the human rights to water and sanitation will not only empower women individually but will also help women overcome poverty and empower their children, families and communities. Women, girls and other gender-discriminated people still endure the burden of inadequate WASH facilities in health care centres, in schools, in public spaces and in their own homes.

In this backdrop, this seminar aims at elaborate discussion on WASH from the point of gender justice and women’s rights. It focuses on addressing the question as to how gendered social relations intersect with the material dimensions of WASH and on the exchange of ideas and thoughts in ensuring universal access to WASH for all everywhere. This is an initiative to bring to surface the perspective and voices of those who have experienced marginalization and its manifestation in their life due to inadequate WASH facilities.

  • To explore the various aspects of WASH from the perspective of gender justice and women’s rights.
  • To promote an exchange of tested ideas about gender mainstreaming in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects.
  • To clarify basic concepts of gender analysis framework (GAFs) and to introduce gender planning tools (GPTs) in implementing WASH projects
  • To provide a platform of opportunities for participants to share ideas with renowned leaders, seasoned business women and academicians, industry titans, and development partners to establish global partnerships for future business, research and project collaborations.
  • WASH and Gender Equality
  • Gender Responsive-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
  • Mainstreaming the Right to Water and Sanitation in India
  • Public Policy: Accessible and affordable WASH
  • Judicial Activism and WASH
  • Equality, Equity, Development and Sanitation
  • Interested candidates can register via this page.
  • Students: Free
  • Others
    Single authorship: Rs.700/-
    Co-Authorship: Rs. 1200/-
Important dates
  • Last Date for Abstract Submission: February 25, 2021
  • Communication of Acceptance of Abstract: Rolling basis ( on or before February 27, 2021)
  • Last date of Registration: March 5, 2021
  • Submission of Full Paper: March 15, 2021
  • Seminar Date: March 27, 2021

Email: solpuseminar[at]

Saumya Raj
Call: 9123195435

Kiran Sree Baruah
Call: 8414090304

Seminar on Gender and WASH- Problem and Prospects by Presidency University, Bangalore.


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