Toilet Summit Tackles Issue of 'Potty Parity' for Women

Organizations discuss worldwide sanitation in Macau
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 3:16 PM CST
A man carries a toilet along a flooded street in Managua, Friday, Oct. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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(Newser) – The World Toilet Summit began in Macau today, as UN agencies, civil-society groups and the World Toilet Organization discuss how to provide sanitation for the 2.5 billion who still lack access to a clean lavatory, LiveScience reports. The summit will also address the issue of “potty parity”—the ratio of female to male facilities in public restrooms—as a key initiative in its three-day agenda. (Read more public restrooms stories.)