World Toilet Day
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Every year on 19 November 'World Toilet Day' is celebrated.
According to the World Health Organization report, currently around 360 crore people around the world are deprived of toilets.
According to the 2011 census in India, 67 percent of households in villages and 13 percent of households in cities practise open defecation.
According to the Research Institute of Compassionate Economics, despite 40 percent of the country's households having toilets, one member from each household regularly goes to open defecation.
To change this thinking of the people and keep cleanliness in mind, 'World Toilet Day' is celebrated every year on 19th November.
The Government of India also celebrates this day as a part of its Swachh Bharat Mission with an aim to promote awareness about cleanliness.
The Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) is organising ‘Swachhta Run’ across rural India, to mark the World Toilet Day.
Theme of 2022
The 2022 theme is ‘Making the Invisible Visible’.
The theme explores how inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes and soil and polluting underground water resources.
The theme focuses on groundwater sanitation.
Background of the day
It was an initiative started by Singaporean Jack Sim, who founded an NGO called the World Toilet Organization in the year 2001.
The United Nations also recognized the right to water and sanitation as a fundamental human right in 2010.
On 24 July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in its 67th session passed a resolution designating 19 November as World Toilet Day.
The UNGA resolution titled 'Sanitation for All' encouraged increasing access to public health and sanitation, especially for people from the poorer sections of society.
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