The July issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization has a splendid 1-page editorial: Swimming upstream: why sanitation, hygiene and water are so important to mothers and their daughters by Clarissa Brocklehurst (Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF) and Jamie Bartram (Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina). Here’s the final paragraph:
The vicious cycle in which inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene contributes to keeping women in poor health, out of education, in poverty and doomed to bearing sickly children can be reversed. The tools to do this exist. Water, sanitation and hygiene also enable women to play roles in their community’s development, including, of course, decision-making and management of water and sanitation systems.
But read it all!