Sustainable Development Goal 6 has a target to eliminate open defecation and ensure everyone has access to sustainable sanitation services by 2030, “paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations”.
World Toilet Day 2019 is drawing attention to those people being left behind without sanitation and the social, economic and environmental consequences of inaction.
A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker.
We must expand access to safe toilets and leave no one behind. Because whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right.
In Guinea-Bissau, open defecation remains a deeply rooted practice. The region of Quinara was recognized as the first to become ‘open defecation free’ in Guinea-Bissau – a remarkable achievement in a country where nearly one in six people still go out in the open. How was it done? By letting the community lead the process: asking families to identify areas around the home they use as toilets and then work with local NGOs to understand the health risks and to take action to build and use toilets.
Growing numbers of female plumbers in Jordan are being trained by the International Labour Organization to help protect people from electrocution via their household water systems. Safaa runs her own company in Irbid, Jordan, which has a group of around 20 female plumbers carrying out this essential work to ensure metal piping in water and sanitation systems is safely insulated from electricity cables.