OTTAWA, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - More than1.1 billion women and girls around the world, one in every three, still have nowhere decent to go to the toilet. This injustice results in an increased risk of poor health, limited education, harassment and even attack.
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A staggering 93 per cent of Ethiopia's population still lack access to a basic toilet, the highest percentage of people living without decent toilets of anywhere in the world. Conversely Ethiopia has also made the most progress in reducing open defecation, from nearly 80 per cent in 2000 to 27 per cent in 2015, largely by investing in rudimentary community latrines.
India tops the list for the longest line-up for the toilet. With more than 355 million women and girls still waiting for access to basic sanitation, this line would stretch around the Earth more than four times. There is good news in India. The Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission has helped put India in the top 10 for reducing open defecation and improving access to basic sanitation.
Among the other findings:
Nicole Hurtubise, WaterAid Canada's Chief Executive officer, said:
"If we consider the incredible liberties we enjoy in this country–this reality is incomprehensible. Having to find a safe place to go in the open is undignified and unsafe. A community without toilets is particularly hard for women and girls. For women who must defecate in the open, going to the toilet means shame, or worse the possibility of being attacked.
Through the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has promised everyone will have a safe toilet by 2030. While we are making progress, it isn't fast enough."
WaterAid is calling on the federal government to:
About WaterAidWaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world's poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 25 million people with clean water and, since 2004, 24 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraidcanada.com.
SOURCE WaterAid Canada
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