Shining a Light – How lighting in or around sanitation facilities affects the risk of gender-based violence in camps
Camps are places of refuge for people ﬂeeing conﬂict and disaster, but they can be dangerous, especially for women and girls. In their first months, many camps rely on communal sanitation facilities – a quick and cost-effective way of meeting immediate needs and minimizing public health risks until a better solution can be developed. Sharing latrines and bathing areas with large numbers of strangers, however, can be frightening. One of the main – and unavoidable – reasons women and girls leave their shelters after dark is to go to the toilet, including to manage their menstruation, yet for many it is a risky enterprise. This report presents the main findings from this research. We hope that readers of this report and the associated materials will be motivated to take action to continually improve the safety of people – and especially of women and girls and those who are most vulnerable – living in camps all over the world.