- World toilet day, an international observance day
on 19th November raises awareness and demands action to tackle
the hazard of untreated waste
- Today around 4.5 billion people still lack basic
toilet facilities to safely dispose and treat their waste.
- The toilet plays a crucial role in creating a strong
economy; it helps raise people's dignity and safety by improving basic
health issues especially for girls and women
- Every year the World Toilet Day is coordinated by
UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners all around the
About the world toilet day
Toilet Day observed internationally on 19th
November, is a
day that aims to create awareness and
inspire action to deal with the often-neglected global sanitation crisis.
World Toilet Day's theme this
year is "wastewater" and it is intentionally linked to the theme of World
Water Day 2017 - "why waste water"?. The whole idea behind this
year's theme is wastewater, and it's environmental pollution. Today, around 80
percent of our wastewater, chokes the environment and results in polluting
‘The call of nature, is probably a unique factor that binds humanity together. However, for many people it is not always possible to dispose body waste properly and responsibly.’
United Nations general assembly
officially first commissioned 19th
November as World Toilet Day
in 2013, and in 2015 the sustainable development goals committee set a target
of ensuring safely managed household toilets by 2030.
For this goal to be achieved, we
may need to take some action or at least create awareness about human waste
management and how it should be contained, transported, treated and disposed
off in a safe and sustainable manner.
This day is an international
observance day, to raise awareness about people who do not have access to
toilets, despite the basic right to water and sanitation promoted by the government.
It is time we take action and do
something about the tabooed issue.
What steps can be taken to make sanitation, a reality for all on World Toilet Day?
Become a toilet
- Does your area or town need more public toilets?
- Are the public toilets safe and accessible?
- Are there a fair ratio of toilets for both men and
- Contact your local representative, community leader
or Member of Parliament and to complain or suggest improvements about
public toilets in your area.
Annually around 360,000 children
under the age of five die due to diarrhea. Even though these deaths are
preventable, many times, measuresare not taken to improve the situation because,
however what we don't discuss, we can't improve.
Now, you can join the global
movement which promotes toilet hygeine and sanitation. Post pictures or talk
about the ill effects of this social menace on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, or
Twitter this World Toilet Day.
Facts about the current sanitation crisis
- Among the 4.5 billion people who do not practice
safe sanitation methods, there are around 2.3 billion people still
suffering from the lack of access to toilets
- Now-a-days, around 600 million and 892 million
people have to either share toilets or openly defecate due to the lack of
- More than 360,000 children under the age of five
die annually of diarrhea. Infants and children are some of the most
venerable group of people in this global sanitation crisis
- At present, we are facing cholera, and acute watery
diarrhea outbreaks in Yemen and the Horn of Africa, with a total of
750,000 people affected already
- According to the 2014 world national bank report,
the world suffered around $260 billion inadequate water supply and poor
sanitation associated economic losses.
- Around 61% of the global population do not use
proper sanitation services, that means that waste such as feces is not
safely disposed off-site.
- Presently around 80 percent of our wastewater flows
back into the natural environment, polluting the existing environment and
wasting valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.
- Closing the sanitation gap through pit toilets can
raise India's annual greenhouse gas emissions.
- Lack of toilets has led to sexual violence against
women and girls who are attacked when they leave the house to defecate.
- Lack of toilet facilities in school has made girls
more inclined to drop out of school when they puberty.
- World toilet day - (http://www.greeningtheblue.org/event/world-toilet-day)
- World Toilet Day - no laughing matter - (https://www.un.org/development/desa/undesavoice/expert-voices/2017/11#36610)
- Sanitation Economy - (http://www.toiletboard.org/media/30-Sanitation_Economy_Final.pdf)