Date of Graduation

Fall 10-16-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies


International Studies

First Advisor

Kathleen Kelly Janus


This study applies a human rights lens to view how the lack of access to potable water in Kenya’s rural areas impacts girls’ education. This research is intended to serve as a baseline for iteration and expansion, with the long-term goal of developing a greater understanding of the ways in which water development projects and the smarter provision of basic resources can be used as strategies for achieving gender equality in both education and civic participation.


The results of this study are being presented at the World Toilet Summit in Durban, South Africa in December, 2012.