Toi­lets, a part of life

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

ODAY is World Toi­let Day, a UN-sanc­tioned event aimed at un­der­scor­ing the ur­gency needed to end open defe­ca­tion, es­pe­cially for the women and girls who are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble.

The in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion says 2.5 bil­lion peo­ple– more than a third of the world’s pop­u­la­tion – do not have ac­cess to proper san­i­ta­tion. This in turn has se­ri­ous con­se­quences on hu­man health, dig­nity and se­cu­rity, as well as the en­vi­ron­ment.

The day has a lot of sig­nif­i­cance, un­like what its ti­tle at first sug­gests.


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