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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 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01Global Family Day
ThursdayThuJan 04, 2018Jan 04World Braille Day
ThursdayThuJan 11, 2018Jan 11International Thank-You Day
TuesdayTueJan 30, 2018Jan 30World Leprosy Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Darwin Day
WednesdayWedFeb 21, 2018Feb 21International Mother Language Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2018Feb 22World Thinking Day
ThursdayThuMar 01, 2018Mar 01International Day of the Seal
ThursdayThuMar 08, 2018Mar 08International Women's Day
TuesdayTueMar 20, 2018Mar 20World Frog Day
WednesdayWedMar 21, 2018Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
ThursdayThuMar 22, 2018Mar 22World Water Day
FridayFriMar 23, 2018Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24Earth Hour
SaturdaySatMar 24, 2018Mar 24World TB Day
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 07, 2018Apr 07World Health Day
ThursdayThuApr 12, 2018Apr 12Yuri's Night
TuesdayTueApr 17, 2018Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SaturdaySatApr 21, 2018Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
SundaySunApr 22, 2018Apr 22Earth Day
MondayMonApr 23, 2018Apr 23World Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Penguin Day
WednesdayWedApr 25, 2018Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuMay 03, 2018May 03World Press Freedom Day
SaturdaySatMay 05, 2018May 05International Midwives Day
TuesdayTueMay 08, 2018May 08World Red Cross Day
ThursdayThuMay 10, 2018May 10World Lupus Day
SaturdaySatMay 12, 2018May 12International Nurses Day
SundaySunMay 13, 2018May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
TuesdayTueMay 15, 2018May 15International Day of Families
FridayFriMay 18, 2018May 18International Museum Day
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
TuesdayTueMay 22, 2018May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 23, 2018May 23World Turtle Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24Red Nose Day
ThursdayThuMay 24, 2018May 24World Schizophrenia Day
FridayFriMay 25, 2018May 25Towel Day
ThursdayThuMay 31, 2018May 31World No-Tobacco Day
SundaySunJun 03, 2018Jun 03World Bicycle Day
TuesdayTueJun 05, 2018Jun 05World Environment Day
FridayFriJun 08, 2018Jun 08World Ocean Day
ThursdayThuJun 14, 2018Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16International Day of the African Child
SundaySunJun 17, 2018Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
WednesdayWedJun 20, 2018Jun 20World Refugee Day
ThursdayThuJun 21, 2018Jun 21International Yoga Day
TuesdayTueJun 26, 2018Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
WednesdayWedJul 11, 2018Jul 11World Population Day
MondayMonJul 16, 2018Jul 16World Snake Day
SaturdaySatJul 28, 2018Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 05, 2018Aug 05International Friendship Day
WednesdayWedAug 08, 2018Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
ThursdayThuAug 09, 2018Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
FridayFriAug 10, 2018Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
SundaySunAug 12, 2018Aug 12International Youth Day
MondayMonAug 13, 2018Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
TuesdayTueAug 14, 2018Aug 14World Lizard Day
ThursdayThuAug 23, 2018Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SaturdaySatSep 08, 2018Sep 08International Literacy Day
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15Software Freedom Day
SaturdaySatSep 15, 2018Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 16, 2018Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
WednesdayWedSep 19, 2018Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SaturdaySatSep 22, 2018Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SaturdaySatSep 29, 2018Sep 29Inventors Day
MondayMonOct 01, 2018Oct 01International Music Day
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
WednesdayWedOct 03, 2018Oct 03World Temperance Day
ThursdayThuOct 04, 2018Oct 04World Animal Day
FridayFriOct 05, 2018Oct 05World Teacher's Day
WednesdayWedOct 10, 2018Oct 10World Mental Health Day
TuesdayTueOct 16, 2018Oct 16World Food Day
WednesdayWedOct 17, 2018Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
WednesdayWedOct 24, 2018Oct 24United Nations Day
MondayMonOct 29, 2018Oct 29International Internet Day
ThursdayThuNov 08, 2018Nov 08World Town Planning Day
WednesdayWedNov 14, 2018Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 15, 2018Nov 15World Philosophy Day
FridayFriNov 16, 2018Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
MondayMonNov 19, 2018Nov 19World Toilet Day
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21World Television Day
SundaySunNov 25, 2018Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
FridayFriNov 30, 2018Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SaturdaySatDec 01, 2018Dec 01World Aids Day
SundaySunDec 02, 2018Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
WednesdayWedDec 05, 2018Dec 05International Volunteers Day
FridayFriDec 07, 2018Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
MondayMonDec 10, 2018Dec 10Human Rights Day