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World Toilet Day

Today, World Toilet Day, is a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation, even though everyone has the right to water and sanitation.



It is hugely important for everyone to have clean sanitary facilities, but it is particularly vital for women and teenage girls. Once a girl starts menstruating, she needs to be able to use a toilet at home and in school. If a school or workplace has inadequate facilities, women are prevented from working and girls are barred from education. Although we may think a toilet is a small thing, it can make a huge difference.

If people have no toilet to use, their only other option is open defecation. Some women and girls risk rape by waiting until nightfall, because they have no privacy during the day. Open defecation is an insult to someone’s dignity and highlights the inequality in the world. The idea of having no toilet shocks many of us, but it is the reality for millions of people.

Women using poorly lit toilets with no locks, far away from their homes during the night, are often very vulnerable. It is important that women have access to facilities that are not only clean, but are also safe.

Please get involved today, if you have an event you want to publicise, leave a comment. World Toilet Day are using #WeCantWait on Twitter to show that the 2.5 billion people without access to improved sanitation need help now.




New pages

Sorry to have slacked off from Stand Strong Girls for a while but I’m making up for it now with the beginning of a set of pages called World Wide Women (WWW). These pages will be about women in other countries campaigning for their rights and also about the work of women in ‘equal’ countries to uphold these rights. So please, take a look, there is a page about Saudi Arabia up at the moment but I should have a second page up in the next few weeks!

Size 14s only

Here is a quick link to an article on MSN which really disgusted me when I saw it. It is about how Abercrombie and Fitch (parent brand of Hollister) do not produce their clothing in any size higher than 14. Mike Jeffries, the company’s CEO said this about it in a 2006 interview, ‘”we go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” Public opinion (expressed via Twitter) slated the company for its limited views and unpleasant attitude. Check out this link for the article and a selection of the tweets about it:

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