|Guangzhou may become the first Chinese city to require by law that public toilets for women exceed those for men by 50 percent after two women launched a popular “occupy male toilets” campaign in the city at the weekend.
The Guangzhou campaign has drawn intense online debate and garnered support among online microblog users, including men.
Local media such as Yangcheng Evening News reported Wednesday that Guangzhou officials, in a swift response to the protest by students, had called for legislation to increase toilets for women.
Media reported a statement from local authorities to the effect that there were an inadequate number of female stalls in public areas such as malls, tourist spots, sports stadiums and along highways. Officials also claim they issued an order last March calling on government departments to increase the male-to-female toilet ratio to at least 1:1.5.
Two female university students started the “occupy male toilets” campaign in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu Park on Sunday. (SD-Agencies)