How to support sanitation workers to claim their rights

Sanitation worker Julius Chisengo, 49, stands outside a latrine after emptying and cleaning it in Kigambon-Umawa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, June 2019.
Image: WaterAid/James Kiyimba

One key element that explains the poor working conditions informal sanitation workers face is their weak articulation as organisations or movements to enable them to claim their rights. How can we support sanitation workers in an effective way?

In this report we describe similar experiences of support to informal or marginalised workers in other sectors, drawing out learnings for supporting sanitation workers in their struggle for better health, safety and dignity.