Female staff refuse to use cash-strapped MoD’s new £15,000 gender neutral toilets

Published on 29th December 2019 by Lucas

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Female staff have refused to use “I don’t want to hear a man going to the toilet and I don’t want to make eye contact with him after I have been there”

Female staff have refused to use the cash-strapped Ministry of Defence’s new £15,000 gender neutral toilets. Thirteen cubicles were turned from single-sex bathrooms to mixed loos at its headquarters in Whitehall, but female civil servants have revealed no women feel comfortable using them as ‘I don’t want to hear a man going to the toilet’.

She said: ‘I don’t go anywhere near the new gender-neutral loos.

‘None of my female colleagues feel comfortable using them.

‘There was nothing wrong with the old toilets. Not one person ever complained.

I don’t want to hear a man going to the toilet and I don’t want to make eye contact with him after I have been there.’

Labels on the loos were changed from male and female to just toilet and sanitary towel dispensers were put in.

The price of the transformation came to £14,886, according to an FOI request.

An MoD spokesman said: ‘Like several other government departments, we offer gender neutral facilities as part of our modern and inclusive working environment.’

Last year the MoD announced the Army would introduce ‘gender and age-neutral’ fitness tests.