Petterik Wiggers

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Meseret stands beside the toilet facilities at her home in Addis Ababa. Her husband was shot during the aftermath of the 2005 elections. Since she has been a widow for nine years now she is tries to live an cost-conscious life. Together with her two children, her two little sisters and her mother, she shares a one bedroom government house. The rent is seven Ethiopian Birr (GBP 0.22). Still, as a restaurant manager she finds it difficult to survive. Her shared toilet is far out of the compound. Too far, according to Meseret. That is why the family uses the little side yard next to the house. Though it is not a toilet, the entire family uses it for their defecation. After use, their waste is covered by sand and flushed away with some water. 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.

Object Name
Petterik Wiggers
Addis Ababa
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