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Our 'Loo with a view' at Global Citizen Festival

An ordinary mirror on the outside but felt transparent to the person inside
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Sep 30, 2015

Specially designed to give festival-goers a sense of what life is like for over 2.3 billion people across the world who have no choice but to go to the bathroom in the open, Our ‘Loo with a View’ is a model toilet with a one-way mirrored door that appears entirely transparent to the person inside. To those on the outside, the door looks like an ordinary mirror.An ordinary mirror on the outside but felt transparent to the person inside

Visitors who entered the ‘Loo with a View’ had an epic view across the 60,000 people that watched the star-studded line up of Beyoncé, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Pearl Jam perform on stage. They also experienced the feeling of what it’s like to have all eyes on you during what should be the most private of moments. 

WaterAid America CEO Sarina Prabasi said:

WaterAid’s ‘Loo with a View’ is a light-hearted way of raising awareness of an incredibly serious issue – the fact that fully one third of the world’s population still has no choice but to go to the bathroom in the open

“This interactive exhibit allowed a brief glimpse into what it’s like when you have nowhere safe and private to go to the bathroom and must suffer the indignity of being stared at, harassed or even attacked as a result. It’s an issue that particularly affects women and girls, who regularly have to wait until dark to defecate in the open, making them yet more vulnerable to abuse.”

We also campaigned at the festival by inviting Global Citizens to take action to end extreme poverty by signing a petition calling on world leaders to measure progress towards improved hygiene in the Global Goals. If you weren't at the festival you can also participate by signing the petition online now.

Here's a video of what it was like to use our 'Loo with a view'

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