Today is World Toilet Day Throughout the World
In case you haven’t heard about World Toilet Day, it is more serious than it sounds. It has one main goal: to call attention to the 2.4 billion people who do not have access to a safe, clean toilet.
It is difficult to believe that everyone doesn’t have a toilet, in their home, in our modern world; however, according to the group Right to Pee, a group working for sanitation, they note that Dharavi, one of India’s largest slum with an estimated population of 600,000 to a million people, has one public toilet per 1000 people. The public toilets are basically squat toilets in stalls. The toilets are separated for men and women. They are located in a one-story building. Men get to use the toilets for free. Women are required to pay about 10 cents for using the public facility. Funds raised from the women are supposed to go toward maintenance.
Due to the major lack of toilets in India, open defecation is an alternative to using a toilet. It is estimated that 37 million people defecate in public. In Mumbai, approximately 1.6 million people find a public area where they defecate. They also defecate in the Arabian Sea along 11 miles of coastline. They also defecate on the 289 miles of train tracks.
Prime Minister Modi created the Clean India initiative. The goal is to end open defecation by building six million toilets by 2019.
If you happen to be in Mumbai today you might want to attend an international consciousness-raising event, A Global Citizen. This is a concert headlined by Coldplay, Jay Z and Demi Lovato among other performers. Wherever you are, be sure to greet your friends with, “Happy Toilet Day.”