Grassroots activists who were in London for our National Conference joined the main London queue outside Parliament, while a member of our Stort Valley group also organised a queue in the school she works in – see the photos below.
With 2.6 billion people not having a safe place to go to the toilet, this is a critical issue. Not counting the horrible indignity of having no proper loo, poor sanitation is responsible for the spread of disease and illness that impacts on health and education – and especially on children.
This also especially affects girls. Girls often don’t attend school because they don’t have dedicated female toilets that are safe and private – particularly important after the onset of puberty. Girls are also the family members who are tasked with fetching and carrying water from distant sources or caring for ill siblings, leaving no time for school.
After the queue in London RESULTS staff and activists spoke to Andrew Mitchell, MP and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development to encourage him to be a champion for sanitation. We stressed how important it was for the UK Parliament and Department for International Development to tackle this issue, and to ensure that sanitation is not left behind in the important G8 talks later this year or in the review of the Millennium Development Goals in September.