Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed

Originally posted on Sanitation Updates:

Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed | by Barbara Frost, Winnie Byanyima, Corinne Woods and Nick Alipui in The Guardian, June 1, 2014

Excerpts – Attacks on girls and women as they look for somewhere private to defecate are frighteningly common. Improving basic sanitation, as a global goal, would do a lot to make them safer. 

Two teenage girls have been gang-raped and killed after doing what half a billion women and girls are forced to do every day – go outdoors to try to find somewhere discreet to go to the toilet.

A slum in India: for want of basic sanitation children often defecate near the railway tracks. Photograph: Jon Spaull/WaterAid

A slum in India: for want of basic sanitation children often defecate near the railway tracks. Photograph: Jon Spaull/WaterAid

A toilet, bathroom, powder room – whatever you want to call it – at home, at school, at work, in the shopping mall, is something many of us take…

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