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World Toilet Day

Make a splash this World Toilet Day and join us to tackle the global sanitation crisis with creative solutions, advocacy and education!
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Let's all make a splash on World Toilet Day, Nov. 19! This day has been celebrated since 2001 by the World Toilet Organization as a way to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis and emphasize the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene. It is estimated that 4.2 billion people lack access to safe sanitation - making this an issue in need of urgent attention from world leaders, policy makers and citizens alike. So let's work together to raise our voice for clean toilets around the world, so everyone can enjoy good health and well-being!

History of World Toilet Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Toilet Organization Formation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Toilet Organization (WTO) was established by Jack Sim to create a global network for organizations in sanitation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Toilet Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The same year the WTO was created, the first World Toilet Day was celebrated with the aim to raise global awareness of proper sanitation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UN Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United Nations General Assembly officially recognized Nov. 19 as World Toilet Day, reinforcing its importance and raising its profile.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion in UN SDGs</div><div class='timeline-text'>Safe sanitation became a part of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targeting access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Leaving No One Behind</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 2019 World Toilet Day was themed 'Leaving No One Behind' to emphasize the necessity of extending sanitation services to the billions currently without access.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Toilet Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a donation drive</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Collect donations of money, supplies and materials to build or improve toilets in areas of need around the world. You can also donate to organizations that are working on toilet projects.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate yourself and others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn about the global sanitation crisis, how it affects health and safety, and how you can help. Share what you learn with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look for World Toilet Day events near you, like community cleanups or fundraising activities. Get involved and be part of the solution.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write to your government representatives</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Contact your local politicians or other government representatives and urge them to prioritize access to clean toilets as a basic human right.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread the word online</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share stories and information about World Toilet Day on social media using hashtags like #WorldToiletDay and #GlobalSanitationCrisis.</p></div></div>

Why World Toilet Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness of sanitation issues</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Toilet Day is an important reminder of the need for improved sanitation worldwide. It helps to draw attention to the fact that billions of people still lack access to clean water and bathrooms - something many of us take for granted. By raising awareness of this issue, World Toilet Day can help drive meaningful change.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes good hygiene practices</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Good hygiene is essential in order to stay healthy and avoid illnesses such as diarrhea, cholera and typhoid. The importance of handwashing should not be ignored - it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease. Celebrating World Toilet Day gives us an opportunity to emphasize these simple yet effective hygiene practices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps reduce water pollution</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Poor sanitation has a direct impact on water quality. Human waste that isn't disposed properly can pollute drinking water sources, leading to serious health concerns. By emphasizing better sanitation practices, World Toilet Day hopes to reduce the amount of wastewater and sewage entering our rivers and lakes.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about World Toilet Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Toilet Revolution is making a difference in China</h3><p class='facts-content'>Launched by the government in 2015, The Toilet Revolution aims to dramatically improve public sanitation in both urban areas and rural villages. By 2021, over 70,000 public toilets have been upgraded or newly constructed.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sanitation Economy is an Emerging Market</h3><p class='facts-content'>A report from the Toilet Board Coalition estimates that Sanitation Economy, the market for products, services and innovations around sanitation, could be a $62 billion industry in India alone by 2021.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Toilets Can Help Fight Climate Change</h3><p class='facts-content'>Scientists are developing technologies to convert human waste into resources like water, energy, and nutrients. This not only promotes sanitation but also contributes to climate change mitigation.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Poor Sanitation Links to Child Stunting</h3><p class='facts-content'>Lack of access to toilets exposes children to fecal-oral disease pathogens that could impact their physical and cognitive development, resulting in stunted growth.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World's First Toilet College</h3><p class='facts-content'>The World Toilet College in Singapore, established by the World Toilet Organization, provides training and education relating to sanitation for all segments of society, from manual scavengers to sanitation entrepreneurs.</p></div></div>

World Toilet Day FAQs

When is World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Day is celebrated on November 19 every year. In 2024 World Toilet Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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