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What It Means to Have a Decent Toilet – Romania

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.”

romaniaPana, 49, is from rural Buzescu. Like almost half of the Romanian population, she lives in the countryside where there is no running water or sewerage supplied. Pana does have a toilet inside her house, but it is only used by her nephews when they visit. She uses the outside toilet, even in the winter.


Ghita, 48, also from Buzescu village, says she is the proud owner of one of the biggest bathrooms there.

Direct Source:  Mashable

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