Water Aid reveals the safety of women all over the world, here is a list!
Water Aid is an international non-profit organization that was set up in 1981 as a response to the UN International Drinking Water & Sanitation decade (1981–1990). It includes the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation, and education.
These basic human rights underpin health, education, and they formed the first essential step in overcoming poverty. Around the world, more than 1.1 billion women and girl’s one in every three, still have nowhere to go to the toilet. This injustice results in an increased risk of poor health, limited education, harassment and even attack.
Water Aid’s on its third-annual analysis of the world’s toilets, released ahead of World Toilet Day this November has revealed that Ethiopia is now worst in the world with the highest percentage of its population without toilets, while India remains the nation with the most people without toilets.
India is on top of 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. It is good news for India and Indians. The ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ has helped out and put India in the top10 for reducing open defecation and improving access to basic sanitation.
Among the other findings:-
All 10 of the world’s worst countries for access to basic sanitation are in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 28 % of people have a decent toilet, and children are 14 times more often to die before the age of five than in developed regions.
In between 2000-2015, the number of people in the world goes for defecating in the open dropped from 20 % of the global population to 892 million 12 %. Despite this progress, it is still a major problem, resulting in enough feces to fill seven bathtubs every second going into the environment untreated. You can imagine that how unhygienic it could be?
Cambodia has emerged from decades of conflict to become one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. It comes second for progress in reducing open defecation as well as improving access to basic sanitation.
In a statement, Nicole Hurtubise (Water Aid Canada’s Chief Executive officer) said, “If we consider the incredible liberties we enjoy in this country-this reality is incomprehensible.”
He further added, “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.”
Water Aid is calling on the federal government to:-
To include access to safe toilets have to invest more money and spend it transparently and efficiently, helping to protect and preserve the needs of women and girls.
Promote female empowerment and the value of sanitation for gender equality. Women should be involved as leaders to ensure solutions address the challenges women and girls face.
Improve the coordination to create gender-friendly toilets in all the schools, healthcare facilities, work environments and public spaces.
Combine efforts to improve access to sanitation with water and hygiene work, which is predominantly the responsibility of women and girls.
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