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Title: Cleansing in hidden spaces: the bathing needs of perimenopausal women
Authors: Bhakta, Amita
Reed, Brian
Fisher, Julie
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © WEDC, Loughborough University
Citation: BHAKTA, A., REED, B. and FISHER, J., 2017. Cleansing in hidden spaces: the bathing needs of perimenopausal women. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Local action with international cooperation to improve and sustain water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services: Proceedings of the 40th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 24-28 July 2017, 6pp.
Series/Report no.: Briefing Paper;2827
Abstract: An increasing proportion of the world’s women will pass through the transition to menopause, or perimenopause, as the global population ages. Drawing on the experiences of perimenopausal women in Ghana, this paper highlights bathing as a hidden but important need which has been neglected by the WASH sector. Data gathered in two urban communities through participative methodologies reveal that increased bathing is a vital hygiene practice to manage various perimenopausal symptoms. Bathing experiences of perimenopausal women in Ghana are shaped by symptoms of ageing, and infrastructural, economic, social and environmental factors. Setting the bathing needs of perimenopausal women in the context of socio-cultural perspectives of bathing, this paper calls for an increased examination of bathing in the WASH sector, with an emphasis upon providing user friendly infrastructure through a gender-sensitive approach.
Description: This is a conference paper.
Sponsor: Loughborough University
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26918
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