Yet sanitation in particular remains an issue which is still viewed as taboo and not suited for discussion in the halls of
Thousands of toilets lie abandoned in India either never used or abandoned after short use, due to poor construction quality
If convicted, Natali Cohen Vaxberg could be subject to a year in jail and/or a fine.
It's a devastating health and women's rights issue.
The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.
About 2.5 billion people globally don't have access to improved sanitation -- a reality that disproportionately affects women
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.
People are beginning to realize that toilets and sanitation are critical to making sure that we protect hard-won gains and keep up the momentum in all of the more traditionally attractive areas of development.
None of this is to say that open defecation is either a good idea in this day and age, or even defensible. But making sweeping claims, using them to justify near-bigotry, and papering over obvious challenges hardly advances the conversation.