Tackling a global crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008

6 May, 2008

Why do we need an International Year of Sanitation? Here is why: Because clean water and sanitation are not only about hygiene and disease, they’re about dignity, too. Relieving yourself in hazardous places means risking everything from urological disease to harassment and rape. Many examples show that self-esteem begins with having a safe and proper toilet facility. That is why we, as policymakers, opinion leaders and stakeholders, must make an effort to make proper sanitation accessible and available to everyone. Because everyone and that means ALL the people in the world, has the right to a healthy life and a life with dignity. In other words: everyone have the right to sanitation.