What Is World Toilet Day And Why Is It Important?
World Toilet Day is held annually on the 19th November. It exists to highlight the disproportionate number of people worldwide without proper sanitation amenities, including toilets. Here at Julius Rutherfoord we offer commercial contract cleaning for a wide range of establishments in the London area. Whilst we all might overlook and take for granted our access to clean and sanitary toilets, 40% of the world’s population does not have this basic requirement. We take a look at what The World Toilet Organization is doing to tackle this somewhat ‘silent’ issue that is affecting billions of people worldwide.
What Impact Does World Toilet Day Have On Communities Worldwide?
2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to clean and safe toilets, which has devastating consequences on their health, dignity and wellbeing. The World Toilet Organisation, established in 2001, is one of the first non-profit organisations of its kind to focus primarily on the inequality around the world regarding sanitation.
Since this international day was introduced, it has been met with mixed reactions, including ridicule and laughter, to support and understanding, but World Toilet Day continues to raise awareness of the importance of toilets and serve as a reminder of the struggles faced by over a third of the world’s population who still lack access to improved sanitation.
Often it’s the most vulnerable of people in communities who are more at risk of disease because of poor sanitation, including children, the elderly, women and the disabled. According to the WTO, 1000 children died every single day in 2013 worldwide because of inadequate sanitation and hygiene. And it’s not just health that is severely affected by a lack of clean amenities, girls in particular often miss out on education due to their being no safe and clean toilet available for use, and last year’s theme for the international day was “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation”.
No person should die because of a lack of clean and safe toilet amenities; these deaths are entirely preventable. As such, the WTO seeks to put an end to open defecation and improve toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide, in turn improving the health, wellbeing and dignity of people who live in some of the world’s poorest communities. Their mission is to provide a sustainable sanitation ecosystem and educate communities on the importance of cleanliness, so that they can lead healthier, happier lives. You can support the WTO by following them on Twitter and #WorldToiletDay.
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