Published in: 2021
Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme by Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru, India
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To celebrate the occasion of International Women’s day on March 8 th , the Tamil
Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP) and the Indian Institute for Human
Settlements (IIHS) has launched a social media campaign on women in sanitation. The
stories being shared on social media raises important questions, not just to women but also
to men who are playing different roles across the full cycle of sanitation.
This year’s theme #ChoosetoChallenge, features seven stories of women and men fighting
gender bias and stereotypes to move towards an equal world. The videos feature
community workers, sanitation workers and women from Self-Help Groups (SHG) who
highlight their challenges and the need to bring about equity for change.
Aravalli, Kavya, Vani, Vinitha, Sangeetha and Prema were the women featured in the videos,
and Ambalavannan talks about his journey of working with sanitation workers, especially
women and marginalised groups and empowering them through alternate livelihoods. The
stories will serve as an eye-opener to not only the sanitation community but to all
communities of work on existing gender biases, the need to #choosetochallenge, and to
celebrate women’s achievements. At the end of each video, the stakeholders pledged to
#ChoosetoChallenge to create an inclusive world.
TNUSSP (2021). Women in Sanitation Campaign 2021. Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme by Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru, India
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