Telangana’s SHE Toilets Have Assuaged Women’s ‘Public Toilet’ Fear

Access to adequate and safe public toilets and sanitation services, with attention to specific needs of different genders, is an essential factor for gender equality. Women constitute 48 percent of the urban population in India (Census 2011) and yet, sanitation infrastructure planning in Indian cities and towns, shows a complete disregard towards gender equality.

This inequality is further aggravated by the fact that due to biological reasons, women need to use toilets more frequently and take a longer amount of time per toilet visit. Queuing outside women’s toilet blocks is, therefore, a manifestation of gender bias in architecture and city planning.

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