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COLLOQUIUM: Archana Patkar
October 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
SPEAKER: Archana Patkar Program Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management Water Supply and Sanitation’s Collaborative Council TITLE: “Going Beyond the Bowl to Achieve Gender Equality in Sanitation” DATE: Thursday, October 1, 2015 TIME: 4:00 P.M. PLACE: 100B Blum Hall Archana Patkar received her MSc in Social Policy in 1994 from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also holds an MA in French Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and was the Founder and Managing Director of Junction Social, located in the greater Mumbai Area from June 1998 to February 2010 (11 years 9 months). She has been a program manager at the WSSCC since 2010. In her work, she has called upon water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts, policymakers, donors, academics and activists to treat access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) as a human right. She has argued that the absence of access to WASH is one of the ways through which inequality and exclusion is maintained particularly when it comes to vulnerable and marginalised groups. She has said that, “It is our collective, human responsibility to mediate and moderate this inequality and not doing so actively is tantamount to indulging in discrimination.”