Women can and do play a vital role in driving the robust, shared growth needed to end extreme poverty and build resilient societies, but in many parts of the world, their potential, participation, and productive capacity are undervalued and untapped.
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Additionally, the campaign implemented a strong monitoring component to ensure that successes were sustained and the new toilets were being used. Bikaner District pioneered use of a mobile phone appli... Show More +cation to verify that communities were maintaining their open defecation free status. The application, featuring photographs and GPS coordinates, provided reliable information with real-time analysis of data. A team for independent verification was established with members that included journalists, students, and professionals working in non-governmental organizations.The results were almost immediate.The first village to become open defecation free did so within weeks of the campaign’s launch. Citizens constructed more than 500 improved toilets over the course of 10 days. A guiding principle was that toilet construction was managed by the consumers themselves hence they could design the toilets as per their needs and budget rather have having to accepts a one-size-fits-all model.“Building toilets has made a huge difference. There is less disease. People’s health has improved and we have fewer sanitation-related problems,” said Archana, a health worker. She reported that she had become accustomed to treating roughly 50 patients a month for fecal-related diseases, mostly children. However, after the practice of open defecation was eliminated she noticed she only had one or two cases a month.The greatest support for the Banko Bikano campaign came from women and girls, who turned out in large numbers for every meeting and took a lead role in the construction of toilets in their respective households. Helping countries’ efforts to in providing equality and dignity, particularly for women and girls, is a focus of the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. It’s also the theme of this year’s World Toilet Day on November 19. Show Less -