‘In the case Of dry toilets, 95% manual scavengers are women’: A revealing interview

WaterAid/Poulomi Basu

Ashif Shaikh was selected for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016. But such recognition was not always the case in his life. Born into a Dalit Muslim family, Shaikh faced discrimination both, in Madrasas and schools. However, by the time he was 17 he was already organising students to fight caste discrimination and violence. In the year 2000, he founded Jan Sahas, an organisation to continue this work on a larger scale. A key focus area of Shaikh’s work has been the rehabilitation of manual scavengers, a majority of whom are women. In a telephonic interview, Shaikh talks about this process as well as the access (or lack thereof) that sanitation workers and manual scavengers, have to sanitation themselves. Read more

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