Can a Toilet Eliminate Sexual Violence and Protect a Girl’s Education?


This is a guest post by Gretchen Wallace, founder and president of Global Grassroots, and Lisa Summers, Global Grassroots volunteer. Global Grassroots is a Segal Family Foundation partner.

To our Western eyes, the pit latrines at Byimana Primary School looked like a set of brick ruins — without roofs, open to the sky and weather, absent doorways, massive holes in the side walls — leaving any user embarrassingly exposed. In fact, the crumbling shared-sex latrines, unsupervised and set apart from the school building, was a perilous place for a young girl and the future of her education.

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