Sim­ple things we take for granted

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion - EDITOR:

Every­body poops; a uni­ver­sal hu­man re­al­ity.

But al­most a bil­lion peo­ple have no choice but to do so in the open, in fields and streets. Aside from the lack of dig­nity, this places women at risk of vi­o­lence as they seek the cover of dark­ness alone. Such lack of san­i­ta­tion also leads to wide­spread con­tam­i­na­tion of drink­ing wa­ter, and in­cal­cu­la­ble death and dis­ease.

Many schools have no toi­lets and again, this places young woman at risk and bars them from at­tend­ing classes when they are men­stru­at­ing.

No­body likes to talk about poop, and maybe that’s why World Toi­let Day has come and gone with lit­tle ac­knowl­edge­ment in the me­dia. Per­haps that’s also why only 1% of Canada’s for­eign aid goes to­wards san­i­ta­tion, but squeamish­ness about a nec­es­sary life func­tion is no rea­son to ig­nore san­i­ta­tion as a crit­i­cal fo­cus for aid.

Franny Beckow

Vic­to­ria BC

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