Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI)

WASH is fundamental for the dignity, health and wellbeing of everyone – regardless of their age, disability, social status, gender identity or ethnicity. By recognizing the different and multiple barriers that people face – and their equal human rights to WASH – we can ensure equitable and successful WASH programmes.  

We know that addressing protection, gender and inclusion (PGI) in WASH is important: it reduces the risk of violence, discrimination and exclusion and contributes to building safe and resilient communities where no-one is left behind.

Guidelines and tools

Red Cross Red Crescent Guidelines and tools

IFRCs Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) in WASH Guidance Note
This guidance note provides an overview of key PGI issues to consider when assessing, designing, implementing and monitoring both long-term and humanitarian WASH programmes, in the Red Cross Red Crescent context.

See below for other languages – Click on any image to download the guideline

Spanish

French

Swahili

Arabic

Philipines

Standard emergency latrine or bathing area designs are often not appropriate for people who menstruate, nor accessible to those with disabilities. To contribute to solving this problem, the IFRC, Lebanese Red Cross, British Red Cross and Arup implemented a project to design and pilot MHM friendly and accessible emergency WASH facilities. This work was supported by Elhra’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF).

Adaptable designs for i) a raised latrine block, ii) bathing block, and iii) trench latrine, including construction drawings, bill of quantities, and step-by-step instructions are available here:

External Guidelines and Tools

Standard emergency latrine or bathing area designs are often not appropriate for people who menstruate, nor accessible to those with disabilities. To contribute to solving this problem, the IFRC, Lebanese Red Cross, British Red Cross and Arup implemented a project to design and pilot MHM friendly and accessible emergency WASH facilities. This work was supported by Elhra’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF).

Adaptable designs for i) a raised latrine block, ii) bathing block, and iii) trench latrine, including construction drawings, bill of quantities, and step-by-step instructions are available here:

Learning resources

Red Cross Red Crescent Learning resources

WASH and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities – Mission Report, Ghana Red Cross Society

Gender perspectives: A collection of case studies: International Federation manual

2010 Australian RC Gender and water and sanitation guidance note

South Asia earthquake –Pakistan Ensuring gender equity

External Learning resources

Advocacy and communications material

PGI and WASH alphabet soup (English)
PGI and WASH alphabet soup (Spanish)

PGI and WASH Episode 2: How to incorporate SADD data into WASH surveys

To include resources on this page, or for more information on IFRC initiatives please contact: wash.geneva@ifrc.org