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A member of the housekeeping staff shares how “educated people” behave

Radhamma, a middle-aged housekeeping staff feels appalled at the way in which educated people behave. During an interaction, she shared that even though people have all the money and education, they have some awful toilet habits. It is unfortunate how insensitive these people are towards others, especially the ones who have to clean all the... Read more

From sexual predators to leopard attacks: Why Uttarakhand’s women are demanding toilets

Open defecation is not just unhygienic and unhealthy for the people but has also become a life threat to many. Leopard attacks are a fairly common occurrence in the Himalayan state, 71% of which is forest. In the first four months of this year itself, Uttarakhand has seen 16 deaths, besides injuries to two dozen... Read more

‘I’ve seen a dead child in the same hospital bed as a living child as there’s no space’

“I have seen filthy toilets, no water, shabby buildings practically falling apart, cobwebs, lab equipment and drugs strewn about [in India’s primary health centres],” shares Dr. Vandana Prasad, national convener for the Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), a voluntary network of public health practitioners striving to promote ‘Health for All’. In an interview Dr. Prasad... Read more

Community in action to solve water crisis

Dunguripada, a small village in Saipala Gram Panchayat of Nuapada district of Odisha, had only one tube-well fitted with hand-pump as the primary water source for drinking and other domestic purposes. The community was under the impression that tube-well water is safe for consumption. In 2013, WaterAid India along with local partner Regional Centre for... Read more

How my piece on Youth Ki Awaaz got my workplace to make washrooms more accessible

Writing about your most intimate experiences is not an easy thing, and takes some guts. But if it helps people change the way they think, I believe it is totally worth it. With this belief, on World Disability Day (December 3, 2016), I wrote on Youth Ki Awaaz about how tough it is for a... Read more

‘In the case Of dry toilets, 95% manual scavengers are women’: A revealing interview

Ashif Shaikh was selected for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016. But such recognition was not always the case in his life. Born into a Dalit Muslim family, Shaikh faced discrimination both, in Madrasas and schools. However, by the time he was 17 he was already organising students to fight caste discrimination and violence. In the... Read more

When I paddled to meet Kanpur’s toilet ladies!

It’s 5 AM, freezing cold and foggy outside and we don’t need to launch our paddle board till 8 AM. I am however awake to carry out my daily ablutions. I try to use the cover of darkness and before our camp is surrounded by a big crowd of onlookers. It is mid-day and we... Read more

How domestic workers are denied access to toilets they clean

Even though we are in the 21st century there are still a few things that we have not been able to accept and practice. Meena and Preeti are two domestic workers who work diligently all day long, but are unable to access basic amenities like toilets. They are refused to use the washrooms at their... Read more