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One In Three Women Don't Have Access To A Toilet

Basic sanitation is a human right.

08/07/2016 7:36 AM AEST | Updated July 15, 2016 12:56
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Domestos have partnered with UNICEF to reduce the number of people who do not have access to basic sanitation.

One in three women across the world don't have access to a safe, clean toilet.

As a wealthy Western country, this basic luxury is one we barely think about. Sure, there might be the odd instance when we're left with no choice but to "pop a squat" but still, it's a situation looked upon humorously.

Jokes aside, basic sanitation is a human right not only for its health benefits but because everyone deserves the privacy and dignity that comes with having access to a safe toilet.

In the developing world, its absence means each month when women menstruate they are forced to stay home from work or school.

It also exposes young girls and women to the risk of harassment and even sexual violence.

Sexual violence: the unsettling truth

More than 10 percent of women worldwide are raped or sexually abused by age 20, according to a 2014 report from the United Nations Children's Fund.

  • A significant proportion of adolescent girls were first-time victims of sexual assault before age 15
  • Latin America and African countries are the countries with the highest incidence per-capita of such incidents

According to UNICEF, women and girls without a toilet spend 97 billion hours each year looking for a private place to go.

To illustrate the desperation and loss of dignity experienced by more than two billion people worldwide, UNICEF in partnership with Domestos have installed a "see-through-loo" at Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach.

The concept: the public is invited to experience a loo that gives the impression that people can see you (scary, huh?).

In reality, while you can clearly see everyone around you no one can actually see you. But it does give you the eerie and very uncomfortable feeling that everyone is looking at you.

The partnership is enabling UNICEF to reach vulnerable girls, women and families around the world to provide access to proper sanitation facilities to reduce the spread of disease and improve education outcomes.

"The partnership is enabling UNICEF to reach vulnerable girls, women and families around the world to provide access to proper sanitation facilities to reduce the spread of disease and improve education outcomes," Felicity Wever, head of international programs at UNICEF Australia told The Huffington Post Australia.

Together they have pledged to help 25 million people get access to a clean and safe toilet by 2020, with every bottle of Domestos sold making a contribution.

WHAT: "See-through-loo" experience

WHEN: Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July, 2016

WHERE: Bondi Pavillion, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
(Next to: Lush On Bondi Café)

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