Bilkis and her daughters are not helpless but fearless Author : Sharmin Farhat Ubaid, Senior Manager, BRAC WASH Programme, firstname.lastname@example.org, February 2012 Photography by: Sumon Yousuf, Communication Officer, BRAC Communication Department
2 In Bangladesh, 40% of the population are living under US$ 1 per day (World Bank, 2011). Many of these are single female heads of households.
Women have lower capacity to pay for water, sanitationand hygiene products and services, and lack time forunpaid work and meetings.
Bilkis Begum (35 years) is working as a daylabourer in construction work. She is a singlemother of five children. The latrine outside ofher household was not comfortable for herand daughters. She was worried about safetyand privacy of her adolescent girls when theymade complaints about it.
Two years ago she built the latrine inside the houseafter receiving the subsidy the from BRAC WASHProgramme.
“I have installed the latrineinside my house, because I knewthat the intact water seal withpan keeps the latrine free fromsmell”.
“My daughters arehappy and also freefrom any dangerthey felt before. “
My adolescent girls are safe and I am notworried about them when I go out for work forthe whole day.