03 November 2014

World Toilet Day

The weeks leading up to World Toilet Day on 19 November provide an opportunity to promote the messages of the Deputy Secretary-General’s “End Open Defecation” campaign —part of the UN global call to action on sanitation that was launched on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

1 billion people practice open defecation. This practice contributes to the spread of diseases and high mortality rates of children under five. It also impacts school attendance and contributes to threats of sexual violence against women and girls. In spite of sanitation’s links to numerous development issues, open defecation and poor sanitation are still not receiving the attention and response they deserve.

To learn more about partners working on sanitation in support of Every Woman Every Child click here

Resources

To view the press release for World Toilet Day click here

A new report released by the World Health Organization shows that there are still major gaps in access to clean water and sanitation, especially in rural areas. To view Progress on drinking water and sanitation click here.

New Sesame Muppet Raya Invites Children to be Part of the Solution 

To join the conversation on twitter follow # WeCantWait and #WorldToiletDay.

Advocacy toolkit available at opendefecation.org.