Oh, how modern we are, as poop emoji draws attention to lack of sanitary toilets! This year, the World Toilet Day is being promoted through a campaign titled #GiveAShit. The nonprofit organization that came up with the idea, WaterAid, also developed an application which can be used to design your own poop emoji.
Users can create their unique design on the #GiveAShit app, and then share it with the world in order to promote awareness of one the greatest problems many people are facing. WaterAid also aims to assure the distribution of sanitary water and access to clean toilets worldwide. The company stated that the fact that the poorest people of the world don’t have access to hygiene, sanitation and safe water is ruining lives and development.
According to the U.N. (United Nations) about 2.4 billion people do not benefit from sanitation and more than one billion do not have access to toilets. This means that one in three people is forced to defecate in the open, leading to problems of social rights abuse, as well as very high risks of getting ill. Even worse, 315,000 children die annually due to health problems induced by the lack of sanitation.
Women also have to face the risk of being attacked and abused. The ones that are too afraid to relieve themselves during the night and hold it until sunrise can contract chronic health problems such as urinary tract infections.
The U.N. are trying to solve this problem. Thus, their Sustainable Development Goals have included adding adequate toilets all around the world by 2030. These goals also include the access to sanitation and clean water, and these are part of Goal 6.
Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the U.N. declared that in order to improve the well-being and health of one third of the human race we need to work together and discuss honestly about the problems we face in sanitation and toilets.
Another project for World Toilet Day was conducted by Reuters, who gathered a series of photos of toilets taken in 45 different places.
In the end, it does not matter if a poop emoji draws attention to lack of sanitary toilets, or if something else does it. We all need to acknowledge the importance of sanitation and clean water in order to be able to fight world poverty and illnesses.
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