Gender specific toilets and menstrual hygiene management saves lives
Women in the developing world, in both urban and rural areas risk their lives every day when using the restroom. It is something that we do EVERY day and take completely for granted.
Women all over the world "hold it in" until it's dark and deserted outside so they can go use the restroom. If they are found, they are likely to be subjected to ridicule (at the best) and violence (or worse).
I remember feeling ashamed and embarrassed when I first got my period, and I had a private bathroom to go to and had been taught what to do. I can't imagine dealing with all of that stigma and having to look for a place in the dark to "take care of it".
How can we reduce the number of times that women go out in the dark? Can we reduce the taboo? Can we empower them to take care of their menstruation needs in other ways? What about giving them a safe place to pee/poo? (a mass-distribution of adult diapers sounds like a good idea, but other than the financial sustainability of it all...it is also taboo or hard for women to dispose of sanitary items as they fear being seen or being ridiculed/harassed if what they are disposing of is discovered)
There are many organizations in the sanitation sector working towards improving women's lives by giving them access to sanitary pads and education around menstruation for example:
How can we leverage or expand these existing programs to help improve the safety factor as well?