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Humanitarian agencies strive to provide sanitation facilities which are safe, accessible and afford users privacy and dignity. Yet in reality, women in particular have many concerns which can prevent them from using the facilities, especially after dark. This report documents field research on whether sanitation lighting reduces risks of gender- based violence in Aburi camp in Nigeria. It explores the perceived risks – including those relating to gender-based violence – and shares camp residents’ views on what would make them feel safer using sanitation facilities. It is part of wider research, with studies also taking place in Iraq and Uganda.

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