Eduardo Martino

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Isabela Pires Baptista, 33, lives on her own in a penthouse in one of Rio's well-off neighbourhoods, Barra da Tijuca. She has a MBA in Environmental Law but works as a fine artist. 'My toilet means comfort to me. But I know what is behind it: water supply, sewerage, pollution of lakes and oceans...It could mean life and death, if I go deeper. The fact is that I do like to have a good shower, and for a Brazilian girl like me, it means at least 10 minutes of clean water being wasted. It's a privilege. I have a clean water supply, hot water, a comfortable toilet seat. But in my neighbourhood, sewage is thrown into the lakes and beaches, so I can feel the smell; sometimes the fish die without oxygen. I often see solid waste floating in Barra's canals and lagoons. And loads of rubbish, making many parts of the beach inappropriate for swimming. Now that they built Barra's emissary, sending untreated sewage into the ocean, the next step was to treat it before disposal. The facilities are under construction and the target is to have all these neighbourhoods connected to the sewerage system until 2015. But of course they won't make it when only 14% of the budget has been put in place so far.' Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Panos Pictures have documented women and girls and their toilet facilities in 20 countries across every continent to build a visual representation of the day-to-day reality and the effect this has on their lives, both positive and negative. Having access to a safe toilet facility can equal dignity, safety, education, employment and status. My Toilet: Global Stories from Women and Girls will be exhibited at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London from 17th to 22nd November 2014.

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Eduardo Martino
Rio de Janeiro
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48.77 x 32.51 cm (300 dpi)
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