Archive for January, 2013

Toilets & Women`s safety

Posted: January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized
Example of communal toilet with no door

Example of communal toilet with no door (picture by Jenna Senecal)

“Rape threat stalks Kenya’s slums” is an article and short film clip about the dangers women face when living in slums with communal toilets.

Beginning of article (accessed January 23 2013 at

“Communal toilet and bathroom facilities in Kenya’s vast urban slums leave many women living under the constant threat of sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International report.

Only 24 per cent of slum residents have access to household toilet facilities, according to government figures, so most residents must walk about 10 minutes to go to the bathroom, putting them at greater risk of attack.

Women “need more privacy than men when going to the toilet or taking a bath and the inaccessibility of facilities make women more vulnerable to rape, leaving them trapped in their own homes,” Godfrey Odongo, Amnesty International’s East Africa researcher, said…”

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