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What It Means to Have a Decent Toilet – Zambia

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.”


Alice is married with seven children and has lived in Lusaka for 15 years. She had a toilet at home but it collapsed six years ago. Now her family use their neighbor’s toilet. “The toilet here is not good. It is full, and you can smell it from quite a distance,” Alice tells WSUP. “Sometimes I have to wait for a long time so instead we use a ‘Shake-Shake’.” (Shake-Shake is a traditional beer. It comes in a carton, which is often used when a toilet can’t be found).

Direct Source:  Mashable

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