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These Photos Of Toilets From Around The World Highlight The Human Right For Sanitation

Bog, latrine, outhouse, throne, loo, can, commode.

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World Toilet Day, held on 19 November, is an event created by UN Water to raise awareness of those around the world who do not have access to a toilet, despite the human right to water and sanitation.

According to World Toilet Day, “Of the world’s 7 billion people, 2.4 billion people do not have improved sanitation. One billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children.”

This photoset from Reuters shows the vast difference in toilet facilities between countries across the world.


4. Tokyo

Thomas Peter / Reuters

A toilet cubicle with glass walls stands in a fenced-off garden at Itabu railway station in the Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo. Dubbed "the world's most spacious public toilet" by local media.

6. Beijing, China

Jason Lee / Reuters

Posters, including those advertising treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, are stuck to the walls of a public toilet in a residential area for migrant workers in Shigezhuang village, Beijing, China.


14. Sao Paulo, Brazil

Nacho Doce / Reuters

A public toilet for men is seen in Oscar Freire Street in Sao Paulo. The toilet was designed by Jade Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger.

19. Sydney, Australia

David Gray / Reuters

A surfboard rests against an old toilet shed, also known in Australia as a "dunny" or an "outhouse", in the backyard of a home in the northern beaches suburb of Manly in Sydney, Australia.