Guidelines by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on gender aspects of sanitation

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has issued guidelines with the objective of promoting inclusivity in sanitation. Recognising the role of women in realising the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission’s Open Defecation Free villages programme, the guidelines recommend ensuring the active involvement of women, especially in leadership positions. Significantly, the guidelines recognise that trans persons ought to have the choice to use the toilet of their choice. They also state that toilets should be designed for easy use by aged persons, persons with disabilities.