In a country where around 44% of the 1.27 billion people still defecate in the open, the absence of safe and hygienic sanitation disproportionately affects marginalized individuals and groups such as adolescent girls, the elderly, transgender persons, persons with disabilities, migrant and construction workers and people living in remote, water scarce areas or in difficult topographies. Sanitation workers are doubly disadvantaged because of the stigma they face as a result of their occupation and because they are denied these facilities. In India, there are over 26 million people with disabilities, 100 million elderly people, 4 million rag pickers, 490,000 transgender people and around 459 million women who menstruate every month. If old age is viewed as a burden, then transgender is simply viewed as an aberration to be wished away—trans women and men report that they are not welcome in toilets for men or for women.
Listening to these voices and integrating their demands in the Sanitation Action Summit will bring together different voices with shared aspirations and one objective: A clean India for everyone, everywhere all of the time as per the vision and mission of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The objective is to move from problems and exclusion to solutions so that every Indian can enjoy access to safe, accessible, acceptable and affordable sanitation facilities as a basic human right.
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Date(s) - 18/11/2016
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