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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TOILET WALK : Walk for Dignified and Equitable Public Toilets

TOILET WALK : Walk for Dignified and Equitable Public Toilets

ENPHO and Paschim Paaila organized “TOILET WALK: Walk for Dignified and Equitable Public Toilets” program to mark the World Toilet Day 2014 in partnership with various organizations and youth networks on 19th November, 2014.The rally started from Bhrikutimandap and ended at Basantapur, Kathmandu along with raising awareness on the issues of public toilets especially of Kathmandu valley. The participants of the rally displayed slogans regarding proper sanitation and the need of the public friendly toilets.

“The issues of the public toilets are often ignored and not given the importance. As a result, they are also not properly maintained,” said Mr. Ganesh Shah, Former Minister of Environment and guest of the program. Mr. Shah symbolically handed over the toilet cleaning materials to Dr. Sumitra Amatya, Executive Director of Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre for further continuity of proper maintenance and cleaning of the public toilets. Likewise, Ms. Amrita Gyawali from Water Aid Nepal shared her problems which she often faced due to lack of disable friendly toilets. “I have to think several times before going to any place. I am always worried whether there would be disable friendly toilet or not. It is further very difficult for us during menstruation period,” said Ms. Gyawali.
Mr. RajendraShrestha, Program Manager of ENPHO provided the closing remarks and urged everyone to be take serious consideration on the issues of public toilets.

Around 300 participants joined the rally. The program was facilitated by Mr. Buddha Bajracharya, Network Coordinator, Paschim Paaila.

 The program further continued with the photo exhibition showcasing the situations of 45 public toilets of Kathmandu valley. The exhibition took place at Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Ghantaghar. Cleaning of two toilets of the college was also carried out. 

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