Female-friendly public and community toilets: a guide for planners and decision makers

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A guide to ensuring female-friendly toilets, by WaterAid, WSUP and UNICEF. Available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

1 in 3 people across the world don't have a decent toilet of their own. But it's not just a question of lacking a household toilet – low availability of public and community toilets is also an issue. Where they do exist, these facilities often don't meet the needs of women and girls, undermining women's human rights.

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The Female-friendly public and community toilets guide, published in October 2018 and written by WaterAid, UNICEF and WSUP, is designed primarily for use by local authorities in towns and cities who are in charge of public and community toilets. It's also useful for national governments, public and private service providers, NGOs, donors and civil society organisations who play a role in delivering these services.

The guide explains why toilets must be female friendly, before detailing the essential and desirable features needed to make them so. It also suggests ways to increase gender sensitivity in town planning on sanitation. The guide draws recommendations and practical steps from existing literature, expert opinion and analysis of pioneering experiences from around the world. 

You can also watch a webinar on the guide, recorded in April 2019: