Congratulations to ICE Member Sarah House, who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) by the University of Winchester for exceptional services to social justice.
Sarah was awarded the DLitt for services to social justice in connection with her work as a civil engineer. All civil engineers work to benefit society but this award recognises that Sarah's contribution to humanitarian and social justice has gone beyond the norm.
Sarah is a chartered engineer and has worked for 25 years in development, humanitarian and transitional contexts, through assignments in more than 25 of the world's poorest countries. This includes countries such as Afghanistan, Liberia, Nepal, North Sudan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Zambia.
She was strongly influenced by serious incidents of violence against women during her first international assignment in the townships of Lusaka, Zambia. Sarah took a leading role in working to establish good practice and build capacity in the global water, sanitation and hygiene sector on a range of gender, equity and inclusion issues.
Sarah is particularly passionate about working with people who may be marginalised or otherwise vulnerable or disadvantaged. She is the lead author of a number of key global guidance documents including those on emergency water sources, menstrual hygiene management (co-published by 18 agencies), and on violence, gender and water, sanitation and hygiene (co-published by 27 agencies).
She has worked for a range of agencies including WaterAid, UNICEF, Médicins sans Frontières, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief. Sarah has also worked with a number of national governments in low income and fragile contexts on capacity assessment, building and strategy development, the management of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, and in humanitarian responses to cholera, earthquakes, Ebola and Lassa haemorrhagic fevers.