The Potty Project

Researching sanitation in low-income urban India.


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Key Takeaway 15 is “as caretakers of sanitation facilities, women have an upper hand in inter-gender negotiations.” In the context of toilet use, women are able to shame men into adhering to rules with regards to payment, proper use and cleanliness. In one toilet we visited, a mother sits with son because he would get bullied by people who don’t want to pay. With her around, she can force them to pay and they don’t quarrel with her.

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