Girls-only latrine in Honduras

Education and toilets.

What’s the connection?

Find out in today’s World Toilet Day post:

Humans and human waste don’t mix

Dangerous parasites, microbes and chemicals often make their home in human feces and other wastes. “Sanitation” means preventing humans from coming into contact with wastes, whether they are from humans, animals, farms or industry.

In Canada, we’re lucky that human wastes are disposed of safely through our sewer systems and processing plants. In many other parts of the world, making sure that everyone has a safe system for getting rid of waste is still an important item on the global to-do list.

Did you know? 2.6 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean and proper sanitation.

The impact of toilets for girls

For girls, sanitation is a health and safety issue, but it’s also more personal than that: it’s about privacy and comfort. Did you know that a lack of girls-only bathrooms is one of the main reasons adolescent girls in the developing world stop attending school? For teenage girls privacy is essential – bathrooms for girls make a school a more welcoming and safe place and that helps girls stay in school to pursue their dreams.

Giving girls access to toilets can help keep them in school by keeping them healthy. Keeping healthy means fewer sick days. Proper sanitation, combined with good hygiene, is what it takes to prevent illnesses like diarrhea. With good sanitation, girls are less likely to pass on waterborne diseases to their younger brothers and sisters, helping them to keep out of harm’s way.

Want to do something about it? Give the gift of a ‘girls-only latrine‘ and help girls in developing countries stay in school and stay healthy.

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  3. April 15, 2014  2:26 am by Elsa Jeggens Reply

    Hi Kate,
    this is very true, toilets maybe a thing that we sometimes think a common place but for young teens who are having menstruation period this room is really useful, also toilets should be clean all the time to avoid UTI .... As one a teenage girl, our school have the same problem but they did their best to solve it..

  4. May 16, 2014  11:20 am by Shena Elomin Reply

    hope this problem will be solve very soon, girls do really need to take care of themselves.

  5. October 31, 2015  11:53 am by Cindy cruel Reply

    I completely agree with you all . Toilets are very important for us . It must be clean and healthy . For example we are using Kohler at home . We did many researches and it is very easy to clean and has
    hygienically materials . People can prefer cheaper one but they should consider how they are essential for our healthy .

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