[VIDEO] A Safe Place to Go: Designing Female-Friendly Public and Community Toilets—WaterAid

Event: 2021 ADB Asia and the Pacific Virtual Gender Forum l The Power to Transform: Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific

[VIDEO] A Safe Place to Go: Designing Female-Friendly Public and Community Toilets—WaterAid

23 November 2021
Author / Speaker: 
Thérèse Mahon, WaterAid UK - Email the author | Other materials by the author

Poor access to sanitation disproportionately affects women and girls. But it's not just a  question of lacking a household toilet – low availability of public and community toilets is also an issue. And where they do exist, these facilities often don't meet the needs of women and girls, undermining their rights. A lack of suitable toilets in public places and institutions can even further constrain their personal freedom and mobility, access to employment, health and education, and involvement in political and recreational activities. The female-friendly public and community toilets guide , published in October 2018 is designed primarily for use by local authorities in towns and cities that are in charge of public and community toilets. The guide is also useful for national governments, public and private service providers, NGOs, donors and civil society organisations who play a role in delivering sanitation services.

This session will provide an orientation on the guide and associated technical guidelines for construction of institutional and public toilets. It will share examples of how the guide has been used in practice for improving female friendly public toilets in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.


Tools to be shared: 1. Guide  2. Technical guidelines for construction 



  • Therese Mahon, Regional Programme Manager, South Asia, WaterAid
  • Priya Nath, Senior Advisor for Equality, Inclusion and Rights, WaterAid
  • Amulya Miriyala, Policy Officer Sanitation, WaterAid India
  • Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst Sanitation, WaterAid
  • Mahfujur-ur Rahman, Project Manager, WaterAid Bangladesh
  • Govind Shrestha, Policy Specialist, WaterAid Nepal
  • Tariq Bin Yousuf, Additional Chief Engineer, Dhaka North City Corporation / Project Director Urban Resilience Project and Up-gradation, Regeneration & Greening - Dhaka City
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