An exhibition highlighting the disparity in the level of sanitation facilities available to women and girls across the globe was organised by WSUP (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor) at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, London last week.

Cranfield University, through its involvement and partnership with WSUP, supported this event by being involved in an evening of research and discussion about sanitation.

The aim was to provide an insight into the harsh realities faced by millions of women and girls every day in their quest to go to the toilet in a safe and dignified way.

The photography displayed at the event showed images of women and girls from 20 countries, covering every continent, alongside of an image of the place they go to the toilet.

Dr Alison Parker, Researcher in Cranfield’s Environmental Science and Technology Department, said: “Research is still required into all aspects of sanitation and it was great to be able to showcase some of our work in such a fitting venue."

The WSUP campaign successfully highlighted the need to stimulate dialogue about sanitation to break the taboo surrounding this subject.

Notes for editors

WSUP and Cranfield University have collaborated in research with WSUP sponsoring thesis projects on the MSc Community and Water Sanitation course with students travelling to Zambia for fieldwork. On a second project, the students calculated the carbon footprint of various urban sanitation systems. The MSc in Community Water and Sanitation prepares students for a career in water and sanitation in low income countries.

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