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What It Means to Have a Decent Toilet – Japan

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.”


Yoko, 28, uses a public powder room and bathroom at Shibuya Metro Station in Tokyo. “I grew up and still live near this station. I always pass this bathroom when I need to take a train. Although Shibuya area is a busy place with many people, I feel like I can relax in this luxurious room.” As well as providing toilets, the facility also has a ‘charging room’ next to the cubicles where you can sit and charge your mobile phone.

Direct Source:  Mashable

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