The ‘Female-friendly guide’ is designed primarily for use by local authorities in towns and cities who are in charge of public and community toilets. It’s also useful for national governments, public and private service providers, NGOs, donors and civil society organisations who play a role in delivering these services.
The guide explains why toilets must be female-friendly, before detailing the essential and desirable features needed to make them so. It also suggests ways to increase gender sensitivity in town planning on sanitation.
The guide draws the recommendations and practical steps from existing literature, expert opinion and analysis of pioneering experiences from around the world.
The guide can help improve understanding of the requirements of women and girls using public and community toilets. It provides guidance on how to address these in city planning and local-level implementation, so that planning, designing, upgrading and management results in female-friendly toilets that are more accessible to users whose requirements have often been ignored, including women, girls, older people and people with disabilities.
- Section 1: explains the need for public and community toilets and why they must be female-friendly.
- Section 2: describes and illustrates the essential and desirable features that make toilets female-friendly.
- Section 3: suggests ways to build gender sensitivity into the city-wide assessment of gaps in public and community toilet provision, and in local implementation and management.