One third of the world’s population still live without access to proper sanitation. What does this mean for women in the workplace?

This year’s World Toilet Day theme, Toilets and Jobs, is an opportunity to draw attention to WASH and women in the workplace. Many women in the South work in the informal economy with little or no access to reliable paid work, pension provision, social protection or health care. They are active in home-based work, in markets and trade, fields and in the waste sector. They face a number of barriers due to their roles and responsibilities associated with the socioeconomic hierarchy, which limit their economic empowerment. This leaves women at greater risk of falling into or remaining in poverty, experiencing workplace violence and discrimination, and being unable to fulfil their economic rights.

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