In addition to faecal matter, women workers are also exposed to an unfriendly and unsafe work environment.

Lack restroom facilities:

Women workers (drain cleaners) need to move around all day and have no access to restroom facilities, especially needed during the time of their menstrual periods.

Face unsafe work environments:

Women workers face harassment at work and often feel unsafe due to work during odd-hours, and have no mechanism to raise issues.

  • Men come to drink in the community toilets early morning, threatening the safety of women cleaners, but women cannot do much about it.

  • Railway track cleaners are eve-teased at the railway track platforms at night and move in groups to stay safe.

  • In contrast, school toilet cleaners are content with the job even though they earn significantly lesser than other workers because they feel “a sense of comfort” in an environment consisting of female teachers and students .

Increase safety at the worksite by improving systems and supervision.

This insight applies to 3 types of unsafe sanitation work:

What this entails: Cleaning faecal matter from railway tracks and platforms,railway toilets and platform toilets

Frequency: several times a day

Location: Rail network and railway stations

What this entails: Maintaining public/community toilets (often insanitary) on a daily basis

Location: Rural and urban CTCs, mostly in slums; public convenience shelters

What this entails: Cleaning open drains and road sweeping, often encountering fecal matter due to open defecation and insanitary latrines connected to drains

LocationUrban – drains alongside roads

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