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Improved Basic Sanitation Critical For Safety Of Women, Girls

The Guardian: Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed
Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign; and Nick Alipui director of programs at UNICEF

“Two teenage girls have been gang-raped and killed after doing what half a billion women and girls are forced to do every day — go outdoors to try to find somewhere discreet to go to the toilet. … WaterAid, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, along with hundreds of other organizations around the world, are calling for a new Sustainable Development Goal that would commit countries to ensuring that everyone everywhere has access to basic sanitation, clean drinking water, and hygiene by the year 2030. … [This] case illustrates in the starkest terms why access to sanitation and water are fundamental human rights — and why a lack of these services is putting hundreds of millions of children, girls, and women at risk each and every day” (5/31).

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