UP: Sorry state of women sanitation workers
Women sanitation workers have been major contributors in improving sanitation conditions in urban and rural India, be it Swachh Bharat Mission, or contributing towards making urban and rural societies open defecation free (ODF).
Anshuman Koral, senior programme officer, PRIA, said: “Despite the good work done by women sanitation workers, they have poor working conditions. The reason behind this has been that most of them are working in the unorganised category.”
He said that their study in Jhansi, Ajmer and Muzaffarpur showed that women were being exploited and were being forced to live a second standard life.
According to the report, most women sanitation workers are into sewer cleaning, septic tank cleaning, latrine cleaning, treatment plant work, community, public toilet cleaning, school toilet cleaning, sweeping/drain cleaning but are discriminated against.