About a third of the world doesn’t have access to a toilet, and it’s the girls and women in this underserved group who disproportionately suffer as a result.
Women and girls who have no choice but to relieve themselves outdoors in the open are at a higher risk of getting attacked, for example. And girls who don’t have access to sanitation at school often miss class when they menstruate.
To highlight the power a toilet has to empower and protect people, and the need to bring sanitation to those in need, UNICEF released an arresting photo series of people around the world and their toilets, on Tuesday’s World Toilet Day. The subjects each shared how gaining access to sanitation has brought them improved health, security and a greater sense of dignity.