Over a third of the world’s population has inadequate sanitation facilities. With no sanitation facilities, people have to urinate and defecate in highly populated, public areas. With their waste remaining exposed to animals, insects, food, and other people it leads to the rapid spread of diseases and diarrhea, a digestive system malfunction caused by viruses or bacteria. One gram of human feces can contain as much as ten million viruses and a hundred parasite eggs. Diarrhea is the main cause of death in children under four years old. An estimated 5,000 children die daily from complications related to this ailment.
Communities with no safe water sources or latrines live lives dominated by the search for water and blighted by disease. Women are traditionally the primary water gatherers, sometimes spending up to five hours a day collecting water. The water can often be dirty and contaminated with diseases. This makes women further burdened by their own illnesses and the care of others who are sick in their families.
Women are more vulnerable without adequate sanitation because they carry the double burden of looking after children with their own sanitation needs and finding work or resources often times with no sanitation facilities or breaks to relieve themselves. When women and girls cannot be together to urinate, defecate or manage their menstrual hygiene, they can find themselves in unsafe situations.
- These organizations are worth looking into:
Captive Daughters Dedicated to ending sex trafficking
CEDAW The Treaty for the Rights of Women
Madre Demanding human rights for women and families around the world
UN WomenWatch UN inter-agency network on women and gender equality
Women’s WORLD because nowhere on earth are women’s voices given the same respect as men’s
Equality Now working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure
WomenAid International a women’s humanitarian aid and development agency which promotes all rights for all people in all countries
Women Without Borders an advocacy, PR and lobbying organisation for women around the globe
Women for Women’s Human Rights a widely renowned non-governmental organization around the globe
Womankind Worldwide enabling women to voice their concerns and claim their rights, and to work globally for policies and practices which promote equality between men and women
Association for Women’s Rights in Development connects, informs and mobilizes people and organizations committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights
Women’s Human Rights net provides reliable, comprehensive, and timely information and analyses on women’s human rights in English, Spanish and French
Stop the Violence Against Women Campaign a part of Amnesty International involved in an international campaign to stop violence against women
Human Rights Watch a part of The Women’s Rights Division fighting against the dehumanization and marginalization of women
Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran promotes a greater awareness of the challenges women face living under fundamentalist regimes such as that of Iran
Women of Vision a Christian humanitarian organization that has served the poor since 1950 through emergency relief and long-term development
- Speak out in support of girls and women during this contentious political climate.
- Learn about healthy poop. https://www.sharecare.com/health/digestive-health/article/is-your-poop-normal-or-not
- Organize an event on World Toilet Day http://www.worldtoiletday.info