1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. This World Toilet Day video from WaterAid unnerves us by taking a scenerio common in developing countries and setting it in a developed country where toilets are taken for granted. The sense of vulnerability from unhygienic conditions and shame of exposure while looking for a place to go during the night, leads to identifying with those without safe access to toilets. This is an issue that was brought to global attention with the brutal May hangings of 2 young woman in rural India, who were going to the bathroom outdoors in the night. Safe sanitation remains a neglected area of attention and toilets are critical to achieving women's rights and development. Lack of toilets also affects productivity, livelihoods and health. 1 in 3 women are affected by this, a shocking statistic that brings home the the urgency of taking action on this issue.
Equality and Dignity is the them of World Toilet Day 2014. Help raise awareness of the importance of sanitation and transform lives today. Learn more.