How should DfID apply UK gender equality law?

People walk by the railway tracks, which are often used for open defecation, particularly at night, in Digha Maharajganj, India. Women and girls are at heightened risk of harassment or assault when they are forced to relieve themselves in the open. Photo credit: Jon Spaull / WaterAid

It's already a shame for anyone to have to defecate in the open — but it's even worse when you're a girl.

And it’s not just shame. In many parts of the world, the lack of latrines makes women and girls more vulnerable to sexual attacks. WaterAid told us the story of Bhawna, a 19-year-old Indian girl who used to fear being raped every time she needed to do her business, but now feels much safer after the organization helped install a low-cost latrine inside her house.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.