Briefing Paper Series

QUT Centre for Justice Briefing Paper – World Toilet Day 2023

QUT Centre for Justice has released a Briefing Paper to commemorate World Toilet Day on 19 November 2023

The Briefing Paper titled, “Making leaky bodies at work and study:  Improving the provision of sanitary infrastructure in male-designated toilets at higher education institutions” – was authored by Deanna Grant-Smith (pictured), Anne Hewitt and Loki Maelorin.

This briefing paper explores the regulatory and justice arguments in support of providing additional sanitary disposal infrastructure in male-designated toilet stalls on the basis that failing to do so is not only inequitable as it may limit these
individuals from fully participating in life on campus but may also potentially constitute prohibited discrimination.

The recommendations in this briefing paper are based on consultation with a range of stakeholders including The University of
Adelaide Pride Club, YouX Sports Clubs, South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance, and The University of Adelaide Disability, Illness and Divergence Association.

World Toilet Day is an annual United Nations Observance promoted through a worldwide public campaign that encourages action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

The World Toilet Day 2023 campaign uses the ancient tale of the hummingbird who does what she can to fight a great fire – carrying droplets of water in her beak. The story conveys the idea that each of us can take actions – however small – to help solve a big problem.

Read more about Professor Deanna Grant Smith here.

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