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What It Means to Have a Decent Toilet – India

The exhibition My Toilet: Global stories from women and girls, reflects on the dignity afforded by private access to a toilet.  It quite literally depicts women with their toilets, which range from large, expensive bathrooms to holes dug in the ground.

In the developing world there are many risks associated with poor sanitation. “Women and girls often wait until dark to find a place outside to defecate, which puts them at risk of harassment and sexual assault,” according to Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, which collaborated with Panos Pictures to create the exhibition.

“For this reason, many women and girls try to limit how often they go to the toilet, increasing the likelihood of urine infections, constipation or mental stress.”

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Geeta who lives in Katra, Uttar Pradesh, walks almost 6 kilometres every day, in the early morning and late evening, to go to the toilet in local fields. In May 2014, two girls in her local area left home to visit a nearby field that they used as a toilet. They were found dead the next day and had been raped and were hanging from a tree.

 

Direct Source:  Mashable

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