Women's Rights and Access to Water and Sanitation in Asian Cities

Lack of safe, affordable, accessible and dignified sanitation facilities is the daily reality of poor women in cities around the world. The nongovernmental organization, Women in Cities International (WICI), is exploring methods for addressing the problem in India.

This grant will allow WICI to test the use of the Women's Safety Audit in meeting the water and sanitation needs of poor urban women and girls.

The Women's Safety Audit, initially developed in Toronto in 1989, is used to identify safe and unsafe spaces, and ways of improving the latter. It does so by privileging the experience of women living in a neighborhood as experts in their own field. The results of women's safety audits have been used to lobby for increased municipal support for services for women.

WICI will partner with nongovernmental organizations at two sites in Delhi to determine how poverty, tenure, and lack of access to water, sanitation and other services affect women; develop a set of options for each community and promote it to the local government; and pilot an intervention in at least one of the two communities. At the same time, the project will contribute to the methodological development of the Women's Safety Audit by virtue of its application to water and sanitation research.

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Start Date

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

End Date

Saturday, October 1, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Mitchell, Carrie

Total funding

CA$ 348,068


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Climate Change

Project Leader

Canuto, Marisa


Women in Cities International

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