The toilet – a small but fundamental part of every-day life, wherever you live in the world. Seldom do we pause and think how much we rely on having access to a decent toilet – how it enables us to go to school, work, rest and play; how it preserves our dignity and privacy; and offers us a quiet space and time for reflection.
Inadequate sanitation remains one of the world's most pressing development issues, often hitting women and girls the hardest. The illness and disease it causes is one of the world's largest killers: 50 per cent of hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people who have an illness caused by poor sanitation or dirty water and, even more shockingly, diarrhoea
is killing more than 2,000 children every day – more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
In an exciting new collaboration, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Panos Pictures have documented women and girls and their toilets to build a visual representation of the day to day reality and the effect this has on their lives, both positive and negative.
Through images and stories from 20 countries, across every continent, the exhibition shows that, although the type of toilet may change, the impacts remain the same: having a toilet equals dignity, safety, education, employment and status.
The exhibition - My Toilet - open on 17 November, the same week that we mark World Toilet Day, on 19 November, at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery in London and will be up until 22 November 2014.
For more information on the project and to view more images and stories, please go to www.MyToilet.org