Gender equality starts with toilets

Toilets that fail to provide the facilities girls need are denying them not just dignity but also equal access to education.

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Our research at one secondary school suggested that 93% of the girls do not come to school when they are menstruating because of the poor facilities. Everyone at the school acknowledged that the poor facilities contribute to poor concentration in class, absenteeism, poor academic performance, a lack of confidence and the risk of getting Urinary Tract Infections, diarrhoea, cholera, and typhoid.

This is a totally unacceptable situation and LTT are committed to working with schools and their communities to address this problem so that girls, boys and teachers can feel confident, secure and comfortable when going to the toilet.

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In July 2019, in collaboration with the community and Queens Gate School, work started on building additional cubicles with incinerators at two separate schools so that girls at those schools can manage their periods with dignity.

In December we will be running a fundraising appeal through the BIG GIVE where we hope to get match funding for every pound that our supporters donate.

Cubicle with incinerator (work in progress)

Cubicle with incinerator (work in progress)