World Toilet Day is November 19

World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation. It is a day to do something about it.

Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.4 billion people do not have improved sanitation. 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children.

We cannot accept this situation. Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why in 2013 the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and relevant stakeholders.

 Improving sanitation and hygiene is one of the most crucial steps towards supporting better nutrition and improved health. In addition, investments in sanitation benefit women.

Check out the blog post on The link between gender equality and sanitation. post  by Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Group Senior Director for Water and Caren Grown, World Bank Group Senior Director for Gender. The blog originally appeared in Thomson Reuters Foundation.