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WORLD TOILET DAY

When is World Toilet Day in 2019?

World Toilet Day in 2019 is on the Tuesday, 19th of Nov (11/19/2019).

World Toilet Day is on the 323th day of 2019. There are 42 days left in the year.

World Toilet Day Facts

  • Date: Nov 19, 2019
  • International
  • Also Called: Toilet Day
  • Celebrations: Online campaigns, events workshops held worldwide.
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World Toilet Day Observed on November 19 every year, the celebration is marked in all countries that are UN members. The day was set aside to address the sanitation crisis across the globe. UN-Water is the organization that convened World Toilet Day in 2001. The day strives to bring attention to the public about the sanitation issues and how to solve them. Unfortunately, although proper sanitation is a basic human right, approximately 2.5 billion people lack regular access to a toilet. Even then, most toilets around the world are either unclean or unsafe. This poses a threat to the spread of diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, and diarrhea. Research has also shown that open defecation has profoundly contributed to sexual assaults and rape among girls and women.

World Toilet Day’s goal is, therefore, to ensure all these threats are eliminated and dealt with successfully.

Why Is World Toilet Day Important?

Without the World Toilet Day, it would be difficult to know how urgent the issue of sanitation is. In 2014, World Toilet Day India celebrations revealed that more than 60.4% of the population didn’t have access to toilets. This is shocking since the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene practices is causing deaths, and this is something that needs urgent attention. This day raises awareness and breaks the taboo in our society of talking about toilets. It is also a time to celebrate modern innovation in the sanitation field. From the first flush toilet, self-cleaning toilets to eco-friendly plumbing advancement that has reduced the amount of water and dollars used every year.

History of World Toilet Day

Initially, the day was founded as World Toilet Organization by a Singapore philanthropist by the name Jack Sim or Mr. Toilet. Jack, through a sense of humor, brought the sanitation issues to the global media center stage since 2001. He created World Toilet Organization as a global network and platform for sanitation associations, UN agencies, the government and other stakeholders to discuss issues and solutions to sanitation crisis.

World Toilet Day was launched in 2001 by the UN-Water organization. The then UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon stated that everyone must end open defecation and lack of sanitation facilities.

The World Toilet Organization then began working hard towards the global recognition of this day. Several organizations among them Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) was at the forefront of supporting these campaigns.

These efforts bore fruit as the UN, officially declared the access to water and sanitation a human right in 2010.

In 2013, World Toilet Organization was declared an official UN international day. However, the name was later changed to World Toilet Day as it is known today.

The UN chooses a World Toilet Day theme every year, to continue raising awareness of the need for proper sanitation facilities. Some of the past themes include Wastewater, Toilets and Jobs, Toilets and Nutrition, Equality and Dignity.

How to Celebrate World Toilet Day

Every year, millions of people promote the World Toilet Day via online petitions, campaigns and getting involved in World Toilet Day events held worldwide. The most common observance for this day is via social media where the hashtags #worldtoiletday, #ToiletAccessIsARight, #WeCantWait are popularly used to spread awareness.

Some of the World Toilet Day activities you can undertake on this day are as simple as sharing your toilet with someone or organizing toiletries with your children. If you'll be indoors, read a book or watch a film about toilets and the importance of sanitation.

You can also contribute towards the noble course by donating to the World Toilet Organization since all proceedings are used to provide better sanitation facilities to the needy. If you live near a sanitation plant, plan of touring the place for an understanding of how they recycle water and properly dispose of human excrement and other waste.

Remember, the UN depends on donations to facilitate proper toilets across the globe. Make it a habit of visiting the World Toilet Day official website, their social media pages and share their random message regularly. By spreading the word, more people are likely to give donations hence helping the needy get access to a toilet.

World Toilet Day Observances

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List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day