Toilets and Jobs

On each year on 19 November, UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners coordinate the World Toilet Day to take action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet and bring awareness about sanitation.
The theme of World Toilet Day 2016 is ‘toilets and jobs’, focusing on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact people’s livelihoods. A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce: poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, decreased productivity, safety and loss of dignity especially of girls’ and women’s .
Facts about World Toilet Day:
  • World Toilet Day (WTD) is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world on issues of sanitation.
  • Originally established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, this day to draw attention to global sanitation issues is marked each year on 19 November.
  • The United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day in 2013.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015 by United Nation, include a target to ensure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030.



  1. World Toilet Day, Retrieved from

  2. The theme in 2016: Toilets and jobs, Retrieved from

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