This might sound like a ridiculous thing for the UN to advocate a full day of attention to but here are some reasons why and I will give you links to some of the activities that occurred on this day. I know how lucky we are with our first world problem being mainly we might drop our mobile phones in the toilet but doesn’t the rest of the world matter??
“How does this impact us?”. Try traveling to some of these countries and it might open your eyes.Like you all, I complain bitterly at every event or outing, when there is always a line up for the ladies and we all lament to total strangers ” why don’t they just always put in more female toilets?”. We all stamp our feet outside, sometimes in desperation, wondering what the hell the person inside is doing to take so long. Or if you are campers and you have to go out in the open, didn’t you feel just that little bit vulnerable with squatting with your pants around your ankles? Just imagine, just for a second how it must feel to be one of these women.
As a Little girl about nine in Australia I was nearly attacked by a stranger in a public toilet in Adelaide only saved from worst consequences by my little brother.
1 out of 3 women in our world today risk Shame, Harassment and even Attack because she has nowhere safe to go to the toilet.
What is World Toilet Day?
World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation.
It is a day to do something about it.
Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy.
We cannot accept this situation. Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. This day had previously been marked by international and civil society organizations all over the world but was was not formally recognized as an official UN day until 2013. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders.
Equality and dignity
Equality and dignity is the theme of World Toilet Day 2014. The campaign will inspire action to end open defecation and put spotlight on how access to improved sanitation leads to a reduction in assault and violence on women and girls.
Having to defecate openly infringes on human safety and dignity. Women and girls risk rape and abuse as they wait until night falls because they lack of access to a toilet that offers privacy.
Where toilets do exist, additional inequalities present in usability. Toilets generally remain inadequate for populations with special needs, such as the disabled and elderly, and women and girls requiring facilities to manage menstrual hygiene.
Without accessible toilets for these populations, they remain excluded from opportunities to attend school and gain employment.
Read about how Arsh Mogre, a 15-year-old student from Mumbai, India has long been interested in political affairs. With India’s new Prime Minister Narenda Modi launching the “Clean India Campaign” Arsh is determined to see citizens take action towards improving sanitation. Arsh believes that “in order to have successful government, citizens need to support social activities, and establish trust with their leaders.” This world toilet day Arsh is working to bring politicians, celebrities, and citizens together to raise awareness about the importance of sanitation. Using the I Love Toa – pimp your toilet campaign previously used by WaterAid Sweden, Arsh will be working with his community to increase awareness around the importance of sanitation.
What can we do about it?
Go to the link below for some ideas
Whilst donations for everything are always helpful, just spreading the word and getting involved by showing you care is equally effective. Simply liking and sharing this article or the associated links I have given you access to helps. We live in a world of communication. The more these issues are highlighted the easier they are to resolve.Do what you you do when you are standing in line for the ladies but say it louder, say it via facebook, twitter, email
” why don’t they just always put in more female toilets?”